Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Released November 15, 2015 (US), January 12, 2016 (DVD)
1 hr 42 mins
Not Rated
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller


Director: Peter Winther
Writer: Jason Groce, Kirk Roos, Peter Winther

Tahmoh Penikett as Cafferty
Lesley-Ann Brandt as Guts
Colm Feore as Dr. Troutman
Erica Durance as Trudy
Julia Voth as Masters

Review by Stephen M.

Tahmoh Penikett as a tough nose soldier in Painkillers is not a hard stretch to imagine after watching him many years on Battlestar Galactica.  Add on a few other television veterans like Erica Durance and Director Peter Winther (Associate Producer on Stargate and Independence Day) and your expectations are raised a bit for the mystery Sci-fi thriller Painkillers.  Keeping in mind that the film is made with a low budget keeps us in check. 

Tahmoh Penikett plays the lead Cafferty who leads a team of soldiers into a mysterious cave to meet up with their contact only to lose consciousness and wound up at a hospital where his surviving team are the only patients.  Poked and prodded to slowly recover their memory of their mission, we get a lot of twists and turns as to what the team and their physicians actually are.  Despite decent acting by some, suspect plot that leads you in too many directions without concrete answers make this one to skip.

The only reason I can imagine to watch this film is if you are a big fan of Tahmoh Penikett.  If so though it would be wiser to pop in a DVD or Blu Ray of Battlestar Galactica then Painkillers.  There are just much better scripted sci-fi thrillers that are well thought out and not relying on topless scenes of Tahmoh.  And as enticing as the trailer is, which is really well done, it is essentially all you need to watch to enjoy the film, better put together than the actual film itself.


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