Director: Donato Carrisi
Writer: Donato Carrisi (Screenplay) Donato Carrisi (Novel)
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Toni Servillo, Valentina Belle, Vinicio Marchoini, Katsiaryne Shulha
Plot: Samantha, a young kidnapped girl, resurfaces in shock after being imprisoned and hospitalized.
Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Into the Labyrinth starts as Dottor Green (Hoffman) is interviewing escaped victims Samantha Andretti (Belle) about her time locked away, 15 years trapped in a labyrinth, which she learnt to navigate before her escape, she is recounting her story to Dottor. Bruno Genko (Servillo) is leading his own investigation into the string of missing children, which will lead him down a trail of bunnies.
Bruno will start to look into the one other person known to have escaped a labyrinth, Robin Basso, believing he could be the one behind a new string of murders, or it is just a bigger group behind the labyrinth.
Thoughts on Into the Labyrinth
Characters & Performances – Dottor Green is the doctor treating Samantha after her ordeal, he is trying to learn about what happened, helping her regain her memories from her time in there. He remains clam with his search for the truth. Dustin Hoffman does make an impact in his scenes, despite him only having limited location throughout the film. Bruno Genko is investigating the string of disappearances, he believes he knows who is behind the crimes and finds himself getting caught up in the bigger underworld of what is going on. Toni Servillo does most of the leg work when it comes to the acting, needing to get involved in the bigger action sequences and handling the serious side of the crimes. Samantha Andretti is the victim that has been held by the mysterious psychopath in a labyrinth, she was made to complete tasks to stay alive and now she is trying to piece together her memories of her time inside the labyrinth. Valentina Belle does well mixing her narration with her horror moments in the film. The rest of the supporting cast are entertaining to watch and get their scenes to make an impact with most involved Bruno and his investigation.
Story – The story here follows a doctor trying to treat a victim of a psychopaths twisted games, while a detective is looking for answers about who is behind them, with the two stories going on parallel to each other. This is a creepy story with how the two stories play out, on one hand we learn the disturbing actions of what has been happening over the years, with the different games, this could have gone even deeper, when we learn the length of time spent inside the labyrinth. The investigation is somehow even darker, with disturbing interactions with people that could lead to even more mysteries about what is going on. The two stories work well together giving us a very dark story to follow along with, but it does seem to go on a little longer than needed.
Themes – Into the Labyrinth is a disturbing crime mystery horror thriller that will introduce the twisted games being played, it will lead you with plenty of disturbing moments around what the victims must go through and with how the investigation isn’t a smooth as the detective would imagine. The use of the rabbit figure only adds to the disturbing nature going on in the film.