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"Stoic" is a horror film in the truest sense of the word, because it is a truly horrifying depiction of the darkest, sickest, most cruel and cowardly aspects of human nature. Four petty criminals (not murderers or rapists, but in jail for minor drug offenses, robbery, etc) sit alone in a cell, going about their normal routine of shooting the breeze and playing cards. When one of the foursome places a bet that involves the cost of an unpleasant act (the eating of some toothpaste) and then refuses to follow through, it sets in motion a series of acts which begin as unpleasant, and quickly escalate into abuse, beatings, torture, rape, and murder.
The film does a good job of making the series of events seem believable. The young men are all caged, angry, scared, and, most of all, determined to maintain their reputations as tough and a part of the group. Whenever any of the characters display a slight sense of apprehension or conscience, the other characters are quick to instill in them the fear of the consequences of going against the pack. The film cuts from the showing of the events that led up to the death of the victim with interviews with the three perpetrators following the crime. Ultimately, each of the characters is processing the events in a different way, which vary from cold detachment, complete denial, and sniveling regret.
Director Uwe Boll is about to release a film about Auschwitz. "Stoic" was probably good exercise for that film, since it depicts a microcosm of the kind of group psychosis which led to the events in Nazi Germany.
The ending is what really brings it down a star for me because I just didn't agree with it factually. This was a great movie with minimal plot, which Uwe is actually good at doing because I personally don't think that he writes well. I could watch it again, but I would probably watch it with the commentary or just the special features. Once you watch it once, you don't feel the urge to really watch it again. Rent it and see for yourself.
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Worst friggin movie ever!! But my services were awesome. People weren't lying when they said this movie was disturbing. Some things are better left unsaid, butt his film scarred mePublished on July 3, 2014 by Isaiah Standlee
Very hard to watch but is a must see. Very depressing but it IS based on a true story. Edward Furlong does an amazing job in this movie.Published on June 23, 2014 by Divine Filth
I enjoyed the movie. It was gritty and raw. Though shocking and in-your-face, since it took place in the jail cell, it felt kind of "boxed in". I did enjoy it though.Published on April 19, 2014 by Kent
This movie was exceptional at captivating what really goes on in the prison system. This movie is not for the faint of heart.Published on April 4, 2013 by Bug
Back in the 70's a film called "Short Eyes" was released. It had the same type of plot, and I found that movie to be more convincing than this one. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by robert campbell