Rated 2.0

A New York model (Elisha Cuthbert) is kidnapped and confined to a concrete room; she doesn’t know what her mysterious captor has in store for her, but she suspects it’s nothing good, and before long she finds out she’s right. Well, if you simply must make yet another movie about a genius serial killer with unlimited means, where a woman gets force-fed the pureed eyes and ears of previous victims, I guess this is the way to do it. Director Roland Joffé (slumming even more horribly than he did on the Demi Moore Scarlet Letter) brings a noticeable proficiency to the script by veteran pulp-meister Larry Cohen and newcomer Joseph Tura, at least in the second half (when the plot goes really loopy). He makes us almost willing to overlook the unspeakable sadism of the first half—but no, it’s asking too much.