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Control

4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man 2 ) lead this all-star cast as two men from opposite worlds trying to come to terms with their troubled past. Liotta plays Lee Ray Oliver, a violent sociopath who is granted a second chance at life when Dr. Copeland (Dafoe), a pioneering scientist, offers him an experimental behavioral drug that promises to suppress his violent nature. When Lee Ray's newfound life begins, he is continually haunted by his murderous past. Searching for redemption, he falls in love with Teresa, his beautiful yet cautious co-worker played by Michelle Rodriguez(S.W.A.T., Girlfight). Life begins to take on new meaning until the experimental drug starts triggering side effects and Lee Ray's criminal past comes back to life. Will he kill again? Or will he finally gain CONTROL?

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Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas") and Willem Dafoe ("Spider-Man 2") lead this all-star cast as two men from opposite worlds trying to come to terms with their troubled past. Liotta plays Lee Ray Oliver, a violent sociopath who is granted a second chance at life when Dr. Copeland (Dafoe), a pioneering scientist, offers him an experimental behavioral drug that promises to suppress his violent nature. When Lee Ray's newfound life begins, he is continually haunted by his murderous past. Searching for redemption, he falls in love with Teresa, his beautiful yet cautious co-worker played by Michelle Rodriguez ("S.W.A.T.," "Girlfight"). Life begins to take on new meaning until the experimental drug starts triggering side effects and Lee Ray's criminal past comes back to life. Will he kill again? Or will he finally gain control?

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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Michelle Rodriguez, Ray Liotta
  • Directors: Tim Hunter
  • Producers: Randall Emmett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000FZL2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,090 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Control" on IMDb

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By hi on October 18, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie probably isn't worth 5 stars but for an unheard of movie I only picked up for Ray Liotta and Willem Dafoe, that ended up being pretty good, now that's rare. I mean, how often do you pick up a movie that you've NEVER HEARD OF, with an unheard of director and end up loving it? Barely ever!

Control is a thriller with a highly creative plot and with some seriously awesome acting by Ray Liotta. I am a huge fan of his and he was fantastic in this movie. Don't believe me? Just watch this movie then! Watch his facial expressions, especially when he's playing thta video game and blowing away all of the cops.

The movie is about a criminal (Ray Liotta) convicted of numerous murders who instead of beeing put to death, is able to be one of the tests of a new drug proposed by a doctor (Willem Dafoe). This drug is supposed to be able to transform criminals, making them feel pity and remorse about what they've done. From one day to the next, this criminal is changing, crying, and is nice. He is put out in the real world to see how he will manage. What will hapeen? Well, you'll just have to find out! The ending is great and a good exclamation point on a great movie. The movie also happens to have its touching moments that made me think...a lot. It goes into the head of a psycho, and shows his human side. Why did he become who he did? This movie gives all the explanations, explanations probably true for most people like this one.

Well, for a different movie with an original plot (similiar in originality to Unforgettable's) and a good leading performance, with some good thrills and even sweet moments, check this unheard of movie out.
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This is a movie that went largely unnoticed and has been bumbing around for quite some time. Ray Liotta stars in this gripping thriller as Lee Ray, a sociopathic killer serving time on death row. He is secretly given a rare second chance when the brilliant Dr. Miles Copeland (Willem Dafoe) offers to use him as a test subject for a new drug designed to squelch violent tendencies. Lee agrees, and they go through the motions of lethal injection, and the former criminal assumes a new life with a new identity. Soon, however, things start to go horribly awry; Lee starts to become haunted by his violent past and doesn't know if he can maintain his control.

Liotta is wonderful in this film giving one of his strongest performances since Goodfellas. Co-Stars Steven Rea and Michelle Rodriguez as Lee's girlfriend. A nice little psychological thriller. The DVD is in 1.85 aspect widescreen and features one short making of feature and trailer. Worth a rent at least.
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The Pygmalion myth of radical transformation takes on a whole new meaning in Director Tim Hunter's film "Control." Modern pharmacology is the catalyst which turns violent career criminal and sociopath Lee Ray Olivier, (Ray Liotta), into a relatively normal human being, who understands the difference between right and wrong, and is capable of feeling remorse. Consider the implications if this kind of medication, proven effective, could be made available in some distant future. How would this effect violent crime?

Mr. Oliver believes he is being executed by lethal injection for his crimes. He shouts four-letter epithets at the witnesses as the fluid enters his bloodstream. When he awakens, however, he is not in Hell - he is alive, lying on a slab at the city morgue. Short and sweet - he is told that, if he is willing to be a test subject for a new medication, he could have a second chance at life. Otherwise, the execution will continue right there, in the morgue, immediately. The little yellow pills alter the brains chemistry, suppress violent tendencies and reduce aggression. What's he got to lose?

Dr. Miles Copeland, (William DeFoe), is a neuropharmacologist and the designer of the miracle drug he believes, if taken regularly, with appropriate supervision, can turn a brutal sociopath into an average citizen. There's lots of explosive violence, (Liotta is a master at portraying rage), until his brain chemistry is finally altered. Then the noticeable difference in the man is mind-boggling.

Phase two of the experiment has Oliver out on the street, with an apartment and job of his own, a monitoring device locked on his ankle, camera's in every room, and a surveillance van outside the front door.
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Good low-key movie about a convicted Anti-Social criminal that gets put into an experimental psychological reprogramming agenda sponsored by a pharmaceutical company. The movie has his conviction, reprogramming, and release back into the world only to find himself in trouble and having to resort to violence. An original film with good acting and storyline.
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Creepy Thriller with Ray Liotta as an out of control horribly mean guy ready to be put to death for murders, etc. No actor that I know can play mean better than Ray Liotta. He can make those beautiful eyes look SO mean. They give him a trade on freedom for being able to use him as a lab rat for a take-away-evil drug. Spooky
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Control begins with the apparent death of murderer Lee Ray Oliver (Ray Liotta) by lethal injection. We quickly learn, however, that the execution was staged so Lee Ray can be used as a test subject for Anagress, an experimental drug used to suppress people's violent behaviors. The caveat? Anagress's side effects are unknown and could prove deadly.

So Control goes. The story is an interesting one, and we witness Lee Ray's progression on-screen under the supervision of Dr. Copeland (Willem Dafoe) with intrigue. The problem with Control is that the script is weak, and not just in an it-could-have-been-better sort of way. It is painfully bad at times, especially in the latter half of the movie. For one, the security guards at the testing facility are so lackadaisical and inept in every single way that the viewer begins to question why they're even around; literally every time something goes wrong in Control it is due to their idiocy. Even worse, Lee Ray becomes incredibly boring once Anagress takes effect. Ray Liotta has never been an outstanding actor, but he did all he could with what he was given. Even Willem Dafoe, someone I would consider to be an exceptional actor, comes across as forced in some scenes, which to me is clear evidence the script is to blame for Control's shortcomings.

As another reviewer has said, Control is a tale of two Lee Rays: bad Lee Ray, and good Lee Ray. The night-to-day shift is too sudden and never really strikes the viewer as believable. Moreover, "good" Lee Ray is so docile at times he almost seems childlike. Because of this, the revelation at the end of the film ends up being far too fantastical to be taken seriously. There are other problems with Control (the ultra-hokey hitman), but most of them can be traced back to the lousy writing. I'm ok with movies that stretch believability, but I have no tolerance for movies that ask me to be stupid. Control is one of those movies. Prepare to suspend your disbelief and then some.
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