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Rondo

USA 2018
produced by
Guy Clark, Corey Arnold, Eileen Barnhardt
directed by Drew Barnhardt
starring Brenna Otts, Luke Sorge, Gena Shaw, Reggie De Morton, Ketrick 'Jazz' Copeland, Joseph M. Veals, Kevin Sean Ryan, Grant Benjamin Leibowitz, Michael Vasicek, Iva Nora, Meegan Kiefel, Ashley Gagnon, G.C. Clark, Dave Barnhardt, Steve Van Beckum (voice)
written by Drew Barnhardt, music by Ryan Franks, Scott Nickoley

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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War veteran Paul (Luke Sorge) suffers from PTSD to such an extent that his sister Jill (Brenna Otts) sends him to a therapist (Gena Shaw) - who makes a very unorthodox suggestion: Why doesn't he join the sex club of Lurdell (Reggie De Morton), which basically organizes gangbangs for high paying customers - like Mr. Tim (Kevin Sean Ryan), who wants his wife (Iva Nora) humiliated and abused ... and Paul is among those supposed to help him do that. But rather by accident, Paul finds out that all of Mrs. Tim's studs get their head beaten in during intercourse - which is when he hightails it, back to his sister, whom he tells everything. Jill doesn't know if she ought to believe even a word until Lurdell and his henchman track Paul down and brutally murder him - and it's really more luck than anything else that Jill manages to escape.

Not long after that, Jill and Paul's father (Michael Vasicek), a war veteran like Paul, turns up at her place, and since he and Jill have the feeling the police does nothing to find Paul's killers, they investigate themselves. Jill is trying to track down Paul's therapist but draws a dud. Her dad is luckier in a way though as he manages to track down Lurdell - but he's murdered for his effort.

Having lost the two men that meant the most to her, Jill decides she's got nothing to lose and thus decides to walk into the lion's den herself, posing as a rich pervert who wants to have a gangbang organized for herself. However, it doesn't take long for Lurdell to find her out, take the gun she has brought for protection, and strip her to have her humiliated by his cronies. So saying her prospects look grim would actually be a bit of an understatement ...

 

Rondo most certainly is a film that's not easy to forget as it explores the evil depths of the human soul in a very stylish, sometimes even humourous way, with some extra-helpings of violence attached to it. And what makes this film more than just cheap exploitation is its excellent imagery that never lets blatant realism get in the way of its rather beautifully composed tableaus. Also despite its subject matter that spells sex and violence in bold letters, the film, though explicit enough, avoids mere sensationalism, instead trusts the strength of its narration. And add to that a very solid cast and you've got yourself a rather unusual little thriller, one which certainly enough isn't for everyone but which genre fans are sure to enjoy.

 

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