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  • Summary: American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli), widowed from his Colombian-born wife, flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Sophia Myles) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter Jill (Nathalia Ramos). En route to the city of Medellin, a car accident leaves them stranded in a rundown isolatedAmerican David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli), widowed from his Colombian-born wife, flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Sophia Myles) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter Jill (Nathalia Ramos). En route to the city of Medellin, a car accident leaves them stranded in a rundown isolated inn. When they discover the old innkeeper has locked a young girl in the basement, they are determined to set her free. [IFC Films] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 28, 2014
    60
    Tautly orchestrated within its single setting and photographed and edited for maximum shock value, The Damned never really rises above its standard conventions. But its fast pacing and sheer air of conviction make it a better than average example of its overworked genre.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Aug 26, 2014
    50
    It's all well acted and expertly crafted — quick edits that play mind and visual games with the viewer, music that heightens tension, some cool special effects — but most of the victims are people you want to slap even before their secrets are spilled.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 28, 2014
    40
    You won't get much back story, and the action is fairly generic. But The Damned still makes for a serviceable horror flick, with better performances than a movie of this caliber usually offers.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 28, 2014
    40
    Playing characters with no real substance, the actors struggle to develop a sense of shared peril.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 28, 2014
    40
    The script by Richard D'Ovidio is so packed with knuckleheaded moves and ultra-obvious dialogue ("Dad, there's something wrong with this place!") that the whole enterprise proves more risible than frightening.
  6. Reviewed by: Carson Lund
    Aug 25, 2014
    25
    From its first draw of blood onward, it bolts down a foreseeable slasher-movie trajectory, laying on thick the dramatic irony while constantly inventing new reasons to punish its characters for old iniquities.
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