Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A review of "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom"

Confessions of a Film Junkie: A review of “Salo, or the 120 of Sodom”

By: Brian Cotnoir


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I'm guessing that's Italian for "Descent into Hell"???
...Why Do I continue to do this to myself?  This can’t be healthy for me.  As I’m typing this, I’m still clinging to the last few strands of my sanity.  I knew this day would come.  I knew someday I would take it upon myself to watch a film that’s more unpleasant than “Cannibal Holocaust”.  I have no one to blame, but myself for this disaster.  I did it to myself.  The fact that I chose to watch this film alone and in just one sitting speaks volumes of how strong of a will I have.  I threw up my mouth 3-times while watching this film; I shuddered countless times, and yet I did not look away from the screen.  I’m not going to talk about some of the more graphic details of the film, because I want to spare you the loss of your innocence, and I want to persuade you to AVOID THIS FILM BY ALL COSTS NECESARRY!  It’s just not worth it people.                 
It get's weirder...and a lot more awful throughout!
So the film is set in Italy during World War II.  A group led by four Fascist men sends out an order to have 9 young men and 9 young women forcefully taken from their families to be brought to compound where they are to be used as sex slaves for the men.  They are forced to sit on the floors and listen to a woman (who’s been a professional whore since she was about 7) recount all of her most bizarre and disgusting sexual experiences, all of which the young people are forced to re-create against their will by the four Fascist men and their armed guards.  What happens throughout the rest of the film can only be described as a descent into Hell.  I’ll spare you the details because I don’t want to destroy your sense of innocence and wonder like mine was destroyed.                             
    What can I say about the characters in this film?  They’re just downright evil and malevolent.  The whole time I was watching this film I just felt so bad for the actors who had to play the victims; the villains are that evil.  What’s even scarier is that almost the whole time I was watching “Salo” I completely forgot I was watching a film.  It’s not like I was watching a “Last House on the Left” or “Deadgirl” and I could just tell myself over and over again, “it’s just a movie”, I honestly started to believe that the characters in this film were being tortured.                                
You're a sick man, Fat Russell Crowe!!!
   You know the term “Torture Porn” is typically used to describe a film that’s excessively violent for the sake of being excessively violent (like “Hostel” or “Human Centipede”) and is usually widely enjoyed by people who see it because it’s excessively violent.  However, “Salo” is actual torture porn.  All the teenagers in this film are being humiliated, demeaned, and violated sexually and it’s all for the sake of helping these four men “get off”.  It’s not entertaining, it’s not enjoyable, it’s just sick and disgusting!  Who the hell wants to see a 20 minutes worth of scenes where the characters are forced to eat their own fecal matter?  It’s a 2-hour film with an hour-and-a-half of young people being raped and tortured; who the hell in their right mind would want to see that?  You’re always going to upset some people when you combine sex and violence, but if you do it as much as “Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom”, you’re not going to upset people, you’re going to offend them in ways unimaginable.    
    This film is too much, it just crosses way too many boundaries, and this is a statement coming from a guy who has sat through multiple viewings of “A Serbian Film”.  I’m not suggesting that you avoid this film I am BEGGING you to avoid it.  I didn’t listen to the other internet reviewers who told me to skip this one, and now I am paying the ultimate price.  If I can convince you to not see this film, then my suffering won’t have been in vain.  Please, if you are thinking of sitting through this film, don’t do it because you will end up regretting it for the rest of your life.  

2 comments:

  1. My virgin eyes will definitely take a pass on this one. Thank you.

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    1. That is the Wisest Decision you will ever make

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