Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 2nd, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2015
Director: Millie Loredo
Writer: Millie Loredo
Cast: Vannessa Vasquez, Andrew Sensenig, Melissa Mars, Eric Martinez, Donny Boaz, Mary Etuk, Elle LaMont, Jill Adler
DVD released: April 21st, 2015
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: BrinkVision
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Synopsis: After spending several months as a sex slave and being tortured by two psychopaths, a young woman named Mila finally gets her chance to escape from their sadistic clutches. Unfortunately for Mila her nightmare is far from over when the police make her the prime suspect for the murders of the two psychopaths that tortured her, murdered her mother and held her hostage. Trying to stay one step ahead of the law, Mila buys a ticket for the first bus leaving town. Along the way a detective named Salinas finally tracks her down with the help of another detective they bring Mila in for questioning. Will the follow the evidence that Mila has collected when it points a finger at one of their own or will they turn a blind eye to the corruption going on in their police department?
First off, calling this film a Horror film is doing it a great disseverance. Since it is one of those rare examples where a film effortlessly combines several genres and slides back and forth between genres without ever calling attention to these genres shifts. And if there was one genre that this film most leans towards that would be the thriller genre.
At the heart of this film is a story about a young woman who is captured by a trio of sadistic psychopaths and how she manages to stay alive, while other victims are tortured and murder right before her eyes. The film’s narrative starts off with her escaping her captors and as the narrative progresses moments from her harrowing journey are recalled. Also the attacks on the protagonist and other victims become more violent as the story progresses.
From a production stand point this film far exceed my expectations. The visuals perfectly captured the mood the film, especially during moments involving torture. These moments where appropriately grimy and made you want to clean up after watching them. Also from a pacing stand point this move along at good pace.
Performance wise the weight of this film rest on two characters shoulders. The first character is the film’s protagonist named Mila, who has been abducted by three psychopaths and the other character is a female detective named Salinas. And of these two performances the stronger one by far is Vannessa Vasquez in the role of Mila. The Salinas character is too one dimensional and she lacks the same level of authenticity that Vasquez brings to her a remarkable performance. As for the rest of the cast they are best described as adequate in their respective roles.
Where far too many modern films try too hard to recreate a vibe from cinema’s past, this is not the case with Sorrow a film that has all the elements one would want from an exploitation film.
BrinkVision presents Sorrow in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended ‘scope’ aspect ratio. Color and flesh tones look accurate and details generally look crisp. With that being said the black levels leave room for improvement and during darker moment’s details lacks the same level of clarity that is present during this films brighter scenes.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a pitch trailer for the film, a trailer for the film and three cast auditions. Overall Sorrow gets a strong release from BrinkVision.