The Incident (2012)
I cannot think of one single thing that I would change about this film. The acting is incomparable, the directing deft, and the writing poignantly brilliant.
This film is so real. It treats its characters with so much care and sensitivity.
The thing I enjoyed most about the film is the fact that it doesn't shy away from being a super-sized-cliche;
Strong acting helps the film overcome an uncertain premise and create characters that hold our attention absolutely.
I had very little expectations for this film. I have seen a ton of low budget horror the last little while and most of it is just awful. The concept for this film is intriguing and with a big budget could be really interested. Imagine if the Saw guys got a hold of this sort of concept? So I was pleasantly surprised (and disturbed) that this actually turned out to be a solid horror flick. They attempt to introduce a few of the characters and then the storm makes all the rest come crashing down. The single only issue with the film I thought was that the character development was weak in a lot of ways. I think they could have done this so much better had we seen a specific and well developed group of the inmates that we feared and understood. In this case, the inmates are all faceless and insane so we don't get one or two clear villains. We also really only get one hero that we get to know. Still the violence is brutal and will certainly make you cringe. The dark and gritty setting of the Asylum is well done especially given the low budget they were dealing with. I was thoroughly impressed with how we see the deterioration of the mental states of the victims as they try to deal with this situation they are in.Rupert Evans is our main protagonist. He does a great job with only a little character development. They sort of force the concept that he has a beautiful woman at home that loves him and he seems like he's sort of at an impasse with his career. You get to know him just enough to really care about him and understand the horror he is going through. I wish I could specifically talk about the rest of the cast because there are some very good and disturbing performances but none of them really stand out. They don't get any character depth at all and are simply there to serve one or two purposes which they do and they do well but you won't ever remember any of their specific characters. I thought they were going to really go somewhere with the character played by Kenny Doughty but the depth is just not there although he gives a great performance in a small supporting way.If you can get past the lack of characters you'll really enjoy the rest of the movie for its story and gore and horror genre elements. Especially towards the end of the film you'll really see some really twisted kills and torture scenes but without being completely gratuitous. As with many indie films, especially horror ones, the director is a newcomer to the scene. Still I give Alexandre Courtes kudos because he knows the genre well and uses scenes to really get under your skin. The concept of how the film plays with your mind and really shows you the mental instability of Evan's character will appeal to those that like a really twisted story. I'm still not sure I entirely understand the ending of the film and yet I didn't hate the ending either. For a low budget horror film this was worth seeing and while it isn't perfect, it fills the quota well. 7/10
Just finished watching The Incident (Asylum Blackout) after coming across it in one of the Horror lists here. It's a pretty decent Horror films with a very original set up story - very much like Zombie Apocalypse only without the zombies. The "bad guys" being insane convicts in an asylum made it all the more realistic and horrifying.Film was good in all aspects, but didn't shine. Acting was good (especially on the convicts' part, I've seen the inside of a psychiatric ward before and I can tell the director must have done some very thorough research!), screenplay and script were OK, all in all a decent film.As for the ending - a swing and a miss. I like it when an ending is open for interpretations, but only until the final moment. At the final moment - the answers are to be given so the audience can go "ahhhhh now I get it". The ending here was simply too puzzling for my own personal taste.Like I said film was good, didn't shine except for the convicts' acting and the original story. Fun to watch though.
You guys are way too critical. I was watching this expecting it to be another run of the mill low budget flick, especially with the rating which almost convinced me not to watch it at all.Any movie that has you really thinking about it after its over is way better than the fluff I have seen come out recently and this one had me pondering the ending over and over.IMDb should start having some categories based on genre that can be rated so the ratings are not so lump sum weighted.Anyway anybody looking for a good weekend movie this one is worth a watch.
In 1989, in Washington, the friends George (Rupert Evans), Max (Kenny Doughty) and Ricky (Joseph Kennedy) are aspirant musicians that play in a band in their leisure time. They work as cooks in the Sans Asylum to earn money to pay their bills, including renting a studio to record their songs. The asylum is located in an isolated area and is monitored by a team led by the security guard J.B. (Dave Legeno). The deranged inmates are criminals and they take pills to stay calm. One day, George has a concert during the night but J.B. asks him to arrive early in the morning to receive the supplies for the kitchen. George leaves his girlfriend Lynn (Anna Skellern) without sleeping and heads to the asylum. While he is preparing the meals for the insane inmates with his colleagues, there is a storm and a power outage in the area and the monitoring system fails. With the mental hospital in the darkness, the inmates led by the cruel Harry Green (Richard Brake) attack the guards and staff. George and the other kitchen workers hide from the horde of violent madmen. Will they survive?"The Incident" is a sadistic torture film with an unclear and unintelligible conclusion. The situation is absurd since there are just a few guards to control violent criminals and the security is based on systems that stop working with a power outage. Further, how could take one hour to the police to reach the institution in a rebellion? Every situation is a pretext for torture, violence and gore. My vote is three.Title (Brazil): "Desespero" ("Despair")