Bruiser

2000

Horror / Mystery

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IMDb Rating 5.3

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Reviewed by rundbauchdodo 8

A man awakes one morning without his face - and he decides to take revenge on all people who betrayed him in a way.<br/><br/>This, in short, is the story of George A. Romero&#39;s first feature film since 1992&#39;s &quot;The Dark Half&quot;, a decent if not really convincing adaption of Stephen King&#39;s story of the same title. And even though &quot;Bruiser&quot; is not a very spectacular or action- and goreloaded picture, it undoubtedly is Romero&#39;s finest film since his third zombie-epic &quot;Day of the Dead&quot; back in 1985.<br/><br/>It&#39;s a unique movie, rather quiet and sensibly developed: something You&#39;ve see far too rarely in the last few years. The acting is also first rate, above all Jason Flemyng as the lead character. Peter Stormare is once again delicious, this time as the eccentric, sex-mad publisher of the &quot;Bruiser&quot;-magazine (you never really get to know what the magazine is all about, but it is obviously kind of a lifestyle magazine) and therefore Flemyng&#39;s character&#39;s boss. Stormare&#39;s enthusiastic acting is everything but annoying.<br/><br/>There is also some well placed humor in the picture, which has been present in most of Romero&#39;s films, only that this time it&#39;s more obvious than in his earlier pictures. The humor doesn&#39;t destroy the melancholy touch, though, that makes all of Romero&#39;s pictures so unique.<br/><br/>An audience who expects to see another &quot;Dawn of the Dead&quot; or &quot;Creepshow&quot; surely will be disappointed at first - but who ever said that &quot;Bruiser&quot; is a pure horror movie? It is more similar to &quot;Martin&quot; or even (in a metaphoric way) &quot;The Crazies&quot;. One thing that&#39;s out of question is that Romero proves himself to be a real auteur, and it&#39;s always good to see new films from him - especially after an eight-year hiatus!<br/><br/>Highly recommended.

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Reviewed by hu675 8

Writer and Director:George A. Romero nearly hits the bull&#39;s eye with this Clever darkly funny thriller. Henry Creedlow (Jason Flemyng), who has been always a nice guy sees that things are slowly changing around him. Herny has doubts about his cold hearted wife (Nina Garbiras), his best friend (Andrew Tarbet) and his sleazy overbearing boss (Peter Stormare). The only person that Herny truly finds as a sympathetic friend is the boss&#39; wife (Leslie Hope).<br/><br/>Henry also has doubts about his job and his personal life. In just one morning like any other day for Henry. He wakes up with a new face that is completely white and almost emotionless and he thinks that it is only a mask on his face or only a dream. But then he finds out it is for real. Stripped of everything he has, including his identity. Henry takes all of his frustrations by going out on a bloody rampage. He is set to murder those who have betrayed him like his wife, a close friend and especially his boss.<br/><br/>This was Romero&#39;s last film until the upcoming long awaited Zombie film &quot;Land of the Dead&quot;. This latest feature will be coming out this summer. Romero has not made a film since the Underrated &quot;The Dark Half&quot; (1993). In &quot;Bruiser&quot;, Romero shows a unique style to this film and it looks totally different than most of his pictures. The only real fault in Bruiser is the last 20 minutes of the film should have ended more compellingly. However it is closer to the original premise that Romero wanted to film. It is still a very good and very underrated film.<br/><br/>Sadly, this independent production never received a Theatrical Release in North America but been released instead in Europe. It got released to video instead and received an Cult Following. What made this film work is the difficult lead role of Flemyng. His performance is extremely good and he adds depth with an amusing sense of humour. Simply because Flemyng gives a terrific performance. Stormare gives an amusing over the top performance as the film&#39;s unsuspected villain. Tom Atkins (Which Atkins worked with Romero before in bit parts in &quot;Creepshow&quot; and &quot;Two Evil Eyes&quot;) are also star in the Film. Even Romero&#39;s Family appears in Cameos, including his wife (Christine Forrest Romero), His Daughter (Tina) and His Son (Andrew). <br/><br/>This film maybe be flawed at times (Because the film never really fully explained the curse of Herny&#39;s.) Still, the film packs a certain punch. It is certainly one of his most Unusual films along with &quot;Martin&quot; and &quot;Knightriders&quot;. One of the film&#39;s highlights are seeing The Punk Horror Rock Band:The Misfits appears as Themselves at the Climax and the film features a Good jazzy music score by Donald Rubinstein.<br/><br/>DVD has an fine anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an good:Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround Sound. DVD extras are an running commentary by the director and producer:Peter Grunwald, a music video by the Misfits and trailers. The film may be far from Romero&#39;s best films but it is nice to see Romero directed another film in years. Let&#39;s just hope his latest film &quot;Land of the Dead&quot; will be a huge hit and big comeback for Romero. Bruiser is worth a look. (*** ?/*****).

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Reviewed by Captain_Couth 7

Bruiser (2000) was the long awaited return for horror film maker George A. Romero. While it was great to see old George back in action, the end results were a mix bag. A pseudo thriller about a brow beaten man who wakes up one day without a face! The guy uses this new (or lack of) identity to strike back at those who have wronged him in the past. Will this new face have any drawbacks? Can George A. Romero still make a watchable movie? You&#39;ll just have to watch Brusier!<br/><br/>The movie wasn&#39;t bad (but it&#39;s neither a classic) like some people have stated. It was a chance for Romero to get back into action after many film projects have died on the vine in the past ten years. He made a watchable movie on a real tight budget. Let&#39;s hope he&#39;ll get the opportunity to make more films.<br/><br/>Recommended for fans of George A. Romero. Others will not be so forgiving.

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