Territories

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Plot

Five friends return home from a marriage in Canada to the United States. Not far from the border, two customs officers stop them to check their identity.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.0/10 (605 voted)

Director:
Olivier Abbou

Stars: Cristina Rosato, Michael Mando, Roc LaFortune

Storyline
Five friends returning from a marriage in Canada return home to the United States. Not far from the border, two customs officers stop them to check their identity. Suspicious, they take their time especially with Jalil, a man of Arab origin. The situation worsens when a customs officer finds a small bag of marijuana in the luggage. Then things degenerate rapidly: a customs officer grabs the little dog that's part of the group and slits open its belly to be sure it's not a mule. When Gab makes a move, he's shot. The customs officer orders the surviving friends to undress and put on orange coveralls. Gradually, it dawns on the four tourists that they are in the hands of former torturers from Guantanamo.

Writers: Olivier Abbou, Thibault Lang Willar

Cast:

Cristina Rosato

Michelle Harris


Michael Mando

Jalii Adel Kahlid


Roc LaFortune

Samuel Torrance


Sean Devine

Walter Sotos


Nicole Leroux

Leslie Goldberg


Alex Weiner

Tom Goldberg


Stephen Shellen

Rick Brautigan


Tim Rozon

Gabriel Delgado


Vlasta Vrana

Sherif White


Caroline Redekopp

Doris


Nicola Woloz

Rebecca Brautigan


Lena Kleine

Rebecca's Mother



Details

Official Website:
Official site [France] |

Release Date: September 2010

Filming Locations: Montréal, Québec, Canada



Box Office Details

Budget: $CAD3,000,000

(estimated)



User Review

Greetings from Guantanamo Bay, Canada

Rating: 5/10

Deranged and sadistic psychopaths kidnapping randomly unfortunate
travelers in remote areas with as sole purpose to humiliate, torture
and eventually massacre them. There have been SO many movies with this
exact same plot outline over the past five-ten years that it has almost
become a sub-genre on its own; a hybrid between hillbilly-horror and
torture-porn. The only more thing directors of these films can do to
distinguish their effort from the others is being as creative and
extreme as possible in drawing the characters of the psychopaths. The
crazier, blood-thirstier and more perverted, the better. Olivier Abbou
clearly understood that message, as the villains in his film
"Territories" are uncannily straight-faced and nihilistic killers who
recreated their very own and private mini-version of Guantanamo Bay in
a deep-hidden forestry region on the Canadian border with America.
Dressed as border patrol officers, the two apprehend a car full of
twenty-something Americans returning home from a wedding. Okay, they
have a broken headlight and were carrying a small dose of soft drugs,
but the main reason they stopped the car is because the driver of the
group is called Jalil El-Haddad. The fake officers accuse Jalil of
terrorism and before they properly realize, the entire group is locked
up in separate cages in the middle of the woods. Although well-made and
occasionally very atmospheric, "Territories" inevitably remains a
derivative and forgettable effort. The first half of the film is
admirably tense and contains a number of unsettling shock-moments (the
interrogations with the prisoners who are weakening physically as well
as mentally), but still you can't escape the impression you have all
seen this a dozen of times before. Then, rather incomprehensibly, the
tone swifts during the third act with the introduction of a completely
new protagonist. A hired private detective is on the lookout for the
missing tourists and all of a sudden the plot exclusively follows him
around, even to restaurants where he seduces waitresses and his motel
room where he stuffs up his veins with heroin. He confronts the
kidnappers a couple of times, but the victims and their continuously
deteriorating conditions suddenly don't seem all that important
anymore. The acting performances are more than decent and the filming
locations are very effective, but the main impression raised by
"Territories" is déjà-vu.