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on August 23, 2016
Mixed feelings about this one. I don't fault a lower budget and the impact it has on sfx. This film has several decent actors that fans of different genres will recognize. Concept is intriguing but not fully developed. Poor editing in places -- I do fault this. Potential for a good character driven film is abandoned for some stereotypical tropes. The movie did hold my interest so it is worth a watch.
Plot / spoilers
Jolene Blaylock of Star Trek fame wakes in a padded room with no memory of her name or how she got there. Weird noises and scary sounds follow along with a power brown out. This causes her door to unlock so she heads out in her underclothes (I rather appreciate this even if it makes no sense) and finds Spike from Buffy fame in another cell, also sans memory. They find a nebbishy white guy and irritable Afro-American woman in similar circumstance but on the other side of a cell door. The two teams split up to explore. Team Star Trek/Buffy find an older man linked to a machine that they deduce wipes out memories -- but old guy is apparently brain dead. They are attacked by a berserk Afro-American man who, seeing that they put on lab coats over their underwear, figure they "did this to him". Monster appears and the A-team flees after the death of the angry man.
Team B finds a flirty women swimming naked in an olympic sized pool -- really, how do mad scientists fit a pool into their budget? Naked chick tells Team B they are all going to die.
Teams meet up and go to the lower level where Tony Todd is chained to a wall and Obligatory Blonde Victim is even more restrained in another room They release Tony and try to free Blondie, but monster shows up and takes care of her.
Hints of their pasts are found. Pasts are according to sterotypes. They eventually discover that one of them is lying and must actually have their memories and know more of what is going on. More monster, bloodshed, and betrayal. Two survivors eventually wander off in their underwear into the sunrise...