The Killing Room (2009)
With a little more imaginative and enthusiastic direction, this interesting and well-written situational chiller could have been a small-time classic within the genre. It has both the brains and the balls to affect both intellect and stomach, and although the initial premise looks a little too familiar (Cube meets Saw), both the plot development and the underlying motivation is so interesting from a psychological point of view that even seasoned viewers will remain seated. The acting is fine too, Timothy Hutton looks great and seems more confident than he has done in a long time, and Nick Cannon does ever so well with his challenging part. For Peter Stormare and ChloŽ Sevigny, it's more vapid stuff, and their scenes together are also part of the movie's problem. These scenes - which function as the denouement of the mystery - lack panache and energy, with the result being a weakened sense of suspense rather than an increased. And that's unfortunate, because the finale is filled with a fine balance of relevance and paranoia.