I decided to give this one a try because it has ended up on a lot of lists as a hard movie to watch. Not one to back down from a challenge, I found it on Netflix. I can very clearly see how it ended up in the top 3 of those lists. We have another one based on a true story. This time we meet cold-hearted and mentally unstable John Bunting. He somehow convinced a group of people to aid him in murdering others. His man sidekick was a teenage boy named Jamie, who is the main focus in his film. Jamie…lives in what is basically hell. His parents are divorced, his brother sexually assaults him, and he seems a little too close to his mother.
What follows is 2 hours of the most messed up shit no human being should have to live through, or die from. John didn’t believe in quick and painless. Whoever stirred up his wrath (or was just the most unlucky person in Australia) was subjected to God knows how many hours of torture, then forced them to leave a voicemail to a close relative explaining that were leaving and planning to never return. John, Jamie and their associates did this for 7 years. The movie follows the beginning of the crimes, and follows all the way to one of their last before they were caught.
So I gave a lot of back story. What about the actual movie? It’s one of those things were you hate it and love it at the same time. I hate it just for the subject matter, and a lot of scenes I had to look away because it was so horrible to think about what the victims had to endure. I love it because it’s exceptionally well done. It’s not beautiful actors in a pretty city. You believe it’s real people, in what is basically the ghetto trying to get by. You feel like you’re watching every bad thing happen in real life, and you can’t do a damn thing to stop it. I think that’s just brilliant film-making. I give it a 5 out of 5. The story is incredibly dark and depressing, but the execution is done perfectly. I say give this a shot, but also that it is absolutely not for the faint of heart.