Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has a past in darker fare than the Marvel machine. He wrote the script for this uncompromisingly nasty film, but handed directing reins to Aussie Greg McLean, who was behind the similarly brutal Wolf Creek. The employees at an American company’s Colombian office are gathered and told they must all fight to the death, or explosives in their ‘tracking devices’ will explode their heads; all hell, naturally, breaks loose. Yes, it’s a straight-up Battle Royale knock-off, and the second half peters out rather than ratchets up the madness, but there’s a pleasing commitment to brutality that will satisfy horror-heads. Be warned though, this is strong stuff.
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