Movie Review: Victim (2010)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2010 thriller starring Stephen Weigand and Bob Bancroft.

Synopsis: A young man is kidnapped and held prisoner in a mansion by a mysterious doctor and his mute henchman. In addition to locking the young man in a basement cell, the doctor performs a series of surgeries meant to turn the man into a woman. His only hope is a police detective who was sent to investigate his short 9-1-1 call.


My wife came across this film on one of our movie channels a couple nights ago and decided to record it because it sounded somewhat interesting. And, when we decided to watch a late-night horror movie last night, it was the film we picked. Unfortunately, while the movie sounded interesting, it turned out to be kind of a disappointment.

My biggest complaint about this movie is one I have with a lot of other films, it is very predictable. I think the doctor's (Bancroft) efforts to turn the young man (Weigand) into a woman was something that was meant to be a secret, at least for the majority of the movie. However, once he mentions hormone injections, it's pretty obvious what his intentions are.

This is also true about his motives for doing so. Once we learn his own daughter was strangled in a motel room, it becomes pretty obvious he's trying to replace her and, since he's opting to do this using a man rather than another woman, it's not overly difficult to deduce the man had something to do with her attack.

As a result of all of this, while the movie never really reached a point where it was dull, it never reached a point where I would be able to call it a thriller because there really wasn't any suspense, just a bit of blood and gore when the doctor did his surgeries. Heck, it even wasn't hard to figure out what was going to happen when the police detective (Haiduk) stuck her nose in.

One positive thing I will say about this movie is I did like the fact the victim made an effort to put up a fight, at least very early in the film. But, once you realize he isn't innocent in all of this either, even that doesn't really do much to save this film.

Final Opinion

I'll give the movie some points for uniqueness and don't really think it was a bad movie. But, because it was predictable, it just never reached a point where I think it was a memorable film either.

My Grade: C

Updated: 10/15/2016, StevenHelmer
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