Blu-ray Review – Breeder (2020)

Breeder, 2020.

Directed by Jens Dahl.
Starring Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Anders Heinrichsen, Morten Holst, Jens Andersen, Signe Egholm Olsen, and Eeva Putro.



A ruthless businesswoman kidnaps ladies and performs experiments on them to be able to make paying male clients youthful.


Danish film Breeder is a love story the place Mia (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen) and her husband Thomas (Anders Heinrichsen) are struggling to come back to phrases with not having youngster. Mia is determined for a child, Thomas is chilly and distant, seemingly unwilling to decide to elevating a brand new life in his snug environment the place the little blighter would need for nothing. Ah, what are the blissful younger couple to do?

Alright, that isn’t a strictly correct description of what Breeder is about so don’t go anticipating a rom-com. Mia and Thomas are a married couple with some underlying communication issues relating to coping with what one another needs out of the connection however that’s not the main target right here. The main focus is on Mia when she goes to seek out out why Thomas hasn’t taken their neighbour Nika (Eeva Putro ) to the hospital after she was attacked, kidnapped and escaped. The rationale why is as a result of Thomas has taken mentioned neighbour to see Ruben (Signe Egholm Olsen), his enterprise associate and never a really good girl as she has provide you with a technique to cease middle-aged males from ageing and even making them look youthful by harvesting human eggs and different undefined stuff that doesn’t actually matter. Anyway, the upshot is that ladies get made pregnant by synthetic insemination after which tortured in the event that they upset The Canine (Morten Holst), one in every of Ruben’s sadistic enforcers, and also you’ll by no means guess the place Mia finally ends up…


Sure, Breeder is a throwback to the torture porn motion pictures of the 2000s the place individuals – often ladies – get kidnapped and held prisoner in a rundown warehouse the place no person besides snooping wives go, get crushed inside an inch of their life, ultimately break away and run away from earlier than being caught, dragged again and crushed some extra. The factor with Breeder is that it was written by a lady, which provides additional dimensions to what’s depicted right here however what Breeder doesn’t fairly do is give us characters with any depth and so the messages that the filmmakers wish to get throughout appear just a little imprecise.

Now, torture porn motion pictures with plots and characters weren’t precisely excessive in quantity 15-odd years in the past however there have been just a few; Noticed began out that approach earlier than meandering off a bit, Hostel: II had extra occurring than the primary film’s central bromance would have you ever consider while the likes of Frontier(s) balanced a socio-political commentary with excessive gore and violence just about to perfection nevertheless it was 2007s Martyrs that was the style’s crowning glory, forcing the viewer to grow to be complicit in its extra horrific points. One of many largest complaints/attracts (relying on the way you view the film) of Martyrs was that the gore got here second to the brutality that the primary character went by, leading to harrowing prolonged scenes of a lady being repeatedly punched by an enormous brute of a person. After all, there are plot causes for it and should you haven’t seen it then do your self a favour and watch it however Breeder appears to take that concept of brutality over bloodshed and runs with it, making for some uncomfortable viewing as The Canine and his sidekick The Swine (Jens Andersen) get their pleasure from whipping, beating and urinating over their captives. Oh sure, this film has loads of bodily fluids leaking in every single place and never all of it’s blood; there may be even a pattern pot of semen in a single shot, and that comes after a scene of a lady vomiting so it’s advisable to not put this film on if you’re sitting down in entrance of the tv with meals.


As beforehand said the characters are fairly thinly written – Thomas is shifty from the beginning and clearly as much as one thing, Ruben is stern-faced and has bizarre angular eyebrows so she is clearly a incorrect ‘un, The Canine is soiled and speaks quietly till someone breaks his guidelines (though Morten Holst is clearly adept at enjoying a scumbag as he is superb with what he has to do), and so forth – however Sara Hjort Ditlevsen is a really robust lead as Mia, regardless of a careless try by the writers to indicate us that she will be able to take ache with pleasure by means of an odd masturbation scene that doesn’t actually serve any goal, particularly as she clearly doesn’t get any gratification from being crushed afterward within the movie.

Had this been launched in 2006 it could have most likely been swept up amongst the myriad of Hostel knock-offs however watching it now Breeder does stick out amongst the present wave of dreary and mediocre psychological horrors which have taken over the mainstream by daring to be extra violent, extra graphic and providing up one thing for those who like their horror to be a bit extra action-packed and thrilling. Sure, the intent behind it’s a bit messagey however the vague nature of the writing truly helps it grow to be a extra entertaining film by pushing that facet of issues away from the forefront. It received’t be for everybody however Breeder is properly shot, comprises just a few robust performances, shows some gloriously nasty torture that might be very uncomfortable viewing for some (however that’s horror, people) and there’s a constructive message to come back out of it on the finish, simply not a clearly outlined one. However, so far as being a horror film designed to shock goes, Breeder succeeds.

Flickering Delusion Score – Movie: ★ ★/ Film: ★ ★ ★ ★

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