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Subject Two
Subject Two
Actors: Christian Oliver, Dean Stapleton, Courtney Mace, Jrgen Jones, Thomas Buesch
Director: Philip Chidel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2006     1hr 33min

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Actors: Christian Oliver, Dean Stapleton, Courtney Mace, Jrgen Jones, Thomas Buesch
Director: Philip Chidel
Creator: Philip Chidel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/18/2006
Original Release Date: 04/14/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 04/14/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 8/28/2013...
In this indie horror/drama a med student gets a job working for a crazed doctor who's developing a "rejuvenation" serum that will bring people back from the dead. His job is to be the test dummy, who keeps getting killed and brought back, killed and brought back, over and over again. Of course, each "rejuvenation" has its own set of problems.

Yeah, the premise sounds cool, but the execution left a lot to be desired. The acting was fine but things moved rather slowly and it was VERY talky. Not the worst thing I've ever seen, but nothin' I'd watch again either.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Don K. from BEAVERTON, OR
Reviewed on 6/10/2012...
One star, and only that because the idea behind the plot had possibilities, though they were never realized.

How anyone could give this film five stars is beyond my comprehension. Talk about a snooze-fest.

Mad scientist without a lab entices a disenfranchised student out to a wilderness cabin with the promise of a chance to make medical history.

Spoiler alert!!

He kills the student, and spends the rest of the movie bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him, bringing him back to life, killing him...get the idea? That's the whole freaking movie, with weak pseudo-intellectual dialogue for filler between episodes.

There must be 10,000 better movies out there. Do yourself a favor and pass on this dog.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Kill Me Again, One Last Time...
Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein | under the rubble | 06/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A failing med student named Adam (Christian Oliver) joins a Dr. (Dean Stapleton) in his experiments w/ re-animating the dead. Alas, poor Adam should have stayed in med school! SUBJECT TWO takes elements of the FRANKENSTEIN story, and gives them a modern jolt of bloody insanity. It's pretty much a two-man show, w/ Oliver and Stapleton at a remote, mountain lodge. Still, the story is intriguing (and horrific) enough to make things move right along. There's more to S2 than simply raising the dead, as the ethics of such a venture are disected and analyzed. This relatively obscure movie deserves a chance. Check it out..."
Still not entirely sure if I liked it or not, but it's inter
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 05/22/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Subject Two (Philip Chidel, 2006)

Odd little thriller packed with black humor and competent acting that still somehow manages to not quite gel. There's a great deal of potential here (and I have a suspicion that had it been played more as a comedy, it might have come off a lot better), but it falls a bit short of the mark.

The movie starts with headstrong medical student and blogger Adam (Speed Racer's Christian Oliver), on the verge of getting thrown out of school, responding to an email from a doctor who follows his blog and wants him to come out and be an assistant in his remote hideaway. Can you tell this is not going to end well? Once he gets there, he finds that Vick (Wildflower's Dean Stapleton), the doctor in question, is working on an offshoot of cryogenics. Problem is, what he needs is a test subject, and after Adam says he wants to help, Vick comes up behind Adam and slashes his throat. Vick then injects him with a serum designed to revive him, and... Adam wakes up. Not only that, but the migraines he's been suffering all his life have disappeared. Adam eagerly offers to help Vick perfect the serum. This involves Adam dying again and again as Vick tweaks the formula.

The majority of the film is a two-person joint, which can be either brilliant or awful, depending on how it's handled. This one is much closer to brilliant, but not quite. It's quite well-paced, and the dialogue is good enough to keep the movie from becoming boring. But it seemed to me while I was watching that there was something missing. I'm not entirely sure what, but the tipoff was that the setup for the twist at the end seemed pretty obvious. I wasn't exactly sure my guess was right (it was), but I knew that something was coming. It's almost as if the script were missing a layer somehow. Which doesn't make it bad, don't get me wrong, just...unfinished.

Interesting. Flawed, but worth checking out. ***

"
Remarkable Achievement
sfobear | San Francisco | 06/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a beautiful piece of work considering how it was made. I hope to see more from the Director/Writer. The images are haunting as is the story. Something rarely seen in this genre."