Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bitter Feast (2010)

I feel like I've been watching/reading a lot of torture lately.  If I were any other person in their right mind, I'd have to take a break and watch a Jennifer Aniston movie or something.  But you know me, I'm downloading Endurance to my Kindle and trying to get the original I Spit on Your Grave from Best Buy.

Bitter Feast was a cool movie that sort of broke away from the tried and true kidnap and torture plots.  Peter Grey is a self-absorbed pretentious TV chef on the verge of a breakdown.  He is about to lose his organic-themed cooking show, which is pretty much the basis for his career.  He walks into his new restaurant, Feast, to find out he's being fired from there as well.  Why, you say?  Because of a horrible review from snarky food blogger, JT Franks.

So what does a rational celebrity chef do?  Well, of course, kidnap the food blogger and torture him in all kinds of crazy ways.  This guy is seriously a sick individual and has no problem keeping JT locked up in the basement, withholding food, poisoning him, and beating the crap out of him with a hot cast iron pan.  But meanwhile, there are people that care about JT that are looking for him.  Will they get in the way of Peter's sadistic plans?

I liked this flick.  Mario Batali makes a cameo, which is a good time, and both the story and the acting are good.  Although there is definitely torture, it's a little more calculated than the standard stuff, and the motivation for Peter really rings true.  Definitely worth checking out.

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