Solitary Confinement / Solitary
John E Seymore, John D. Crawford, Michael J. Jacobs (executive), Ruby Handler (executive) for Seymore Films, Golden Zephyr, The Maine Studios
directed by John E Seymore
starring Robert Carradine, Jose Rosete, Heather Dorff, Megan Le, Ally Holmes, John D. Crawford, Rachel Amanda Bryant, Robert Catrini, Kristyn Evelyn (as Kristyn Chalker), Raw Leiba, Trista Robinson, Jessica Cameron, Loren Ledesma, Jordan Mitchell-Love, Edward Hong, Robert Damian, Jess Matney, Christie Beran, Kelli Stoner, Melanie Troxler, Lucia Oskerova, Brialynn Massie, Patricia Ashley, Alfonzo McCarther, Jeremy Szymankowski, Annie Freed, Willow Ronco, Shane L. Fantozzi, John E Seymore (voice), Ruby Handler
idea by Selfin Morose, screenplay by John E Seymore, John D. Crawford, music by Finn Cain
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It's the newest and most extreme reality show: Contestants are put into
solitary confinement with no means of distraction or any contact to the
outside world (not even fellow contestants), but given a safe word should
they want to/need to bail, and whoever manages to stay in the longest wins
$2 million - and of course the usual reality TV "fame". Sounds
horrible from the get-go, but of course people from all walks of life
apply because there are always those who'd do anything for fame and/or
money, from the street-smart girl (Heather Dorff) to the wannabe TV star
(Jessica Cameron), from the hobby philosopher (Robert Damian) to the
outright hunk (Raw Leiba), from the hypochondriac (Trista Robinson) the
the violent hothead (Jose Rosete), and pretty much everything in-between.
Nobody did know though how harsh the conditions would be, rations would be
one bottle of water and box of oatmeal today, and there'd be no
sanitation, just a bucket as a toilet, and other than a thin mattress,
there'd be no furniture of any kind, and not even a blanket. So by the by,
the contestants break, each in their own time, and use the safe word -
only, nobody's coming to let them out, they're just kept in indefinitely,
for better or worse - well, mostly worse ...
Top-billed Robert Carradine
plays the show's manipulative producer.
A very dark
satire/social commentary on reality TV and what it has become over the
years (with "zoo" actually being one of the nicer words for it),
Human Zoo is little surprisingly a bleak exercise in cynicism - but
the film's really more than just that, as beneath it all it's also several
character studies rolled into one (some more and some less extensive
though), with all arcs dilligently woven into its over-arching narrative
structure. And a rather impressive ensemble cast really brings the story
to life, paired with an actor-centric approach to things that yet manages
to create the appropriate atmosphere, and a properly eerie soundscape. In
all, a pretty disturbing film, actually, but disturbing in the best