Released  on Dimensions EXTREME Dvd line, comes the movie Broken. At first glance it appears to be one of those movies being dubbed “torture porn”, but is there more to it?

Written and directed by the team of Simon Boyes and Adam Mason this movie claims to be based on a true story.  It is about a woman named Hope (how ironic) who goes to sleep at home after a nice date, only to wake up and find herself in a box in the woods. She then comes to realize she is the prisoner of a man in the woods hellbent on breaking her into being his slave, and she fights to survive and figure out what he may have done with her young daughter.

Torture porn, torture horror, if either of these terms turns you away from a movie then you won’t even last through the credits if this accidentally gets into your Dvd player. Apparently the start of tortures for this man in the woods is to implant a razor blade into a woman’s belly and then force her to pop the stitches and pull it out. He then continues to ask is she will continue on; showing the basic training this lunatic uses to beat these women into submission mentally and physically. After the sick opening the movie dies down quite a bit with the lead in captivity it becomes more of a psychological drama that would make more of an interesting read in the newspaper if it were true, as opposed to watching a film about. Actually, with the tone and everything I don’t see why the Lifetime channel couldn’t do an overhaul and use the basis of the plot for one of their women empowering flicks; which aren’t always so empowering. The ending would of course be amongst the things tweaked, as a classic negative horror finale.

This is a low budget film, which is evident, yet handled well enough visually. The actors do fine in their roles, but even after all of the days of psychological torture I find it hard to buy into the way the woman acts during certain situations. Perhaps it is all because of her child and wanting to know the whereabouts, but one attempted escape scene just doesn’t make much logical sense to me, even broken down spirits logical. Other gripes that many viewers have about the movie  are claims that they do not think the booby-trap in the ending would be possible for someone to have set, or that the chain that is being used to subdue the woman, around her neck, is noticeably loose in several shots, so much so that she could have just pulled it over her head and have been free.

If you are looking for an intense, fun, torture horror sort of ride like the Hostel series, or Saw: then this is not for you. If you are looking for a slower, low budget drama, that tries to explore something a bit more realistically and yet keep its horror edge: try it. However, in my opinion the movie was quite boring all through the middle, I could not eat while I watched the opening, and the ending is a brutal disappointment.