Bruiser (2000)

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Movie Review
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BruiserDirected By: George A Romero

Starring: Jason Flemyng, Nina Garbiras, Peter Stormare, Leslie Hope, Tom Atkins

Subgenre: Revenge

Synopsis: Henry Creedlow was a meek man just trying to get ahead when he woke up one morning to find his identity, and his face, gone, replaced by a white mask and a penchant for revenge.

Thoughts: Bruiser is quite possibly one of George Romero’s lesser known films.  It isn’t often mentioned when his canon is being discussed, but it should be.  It is a departure from anything he has done before and is a tale of a man who learns he must be himself, not what others want him to be. 

While the name Jason Flemyng doesn’t ring familiar to me, his face sure does, which is an ironic twist for this movie.  He’s been in quite a few genre flicks, including Deep Rising, a favorite of mine.  I really loved his work in Bruiser.  I just can’t imagine how difficult it is to convey a character’s emotion while wearing a blank mask.  Peter Stormare was ridiculously over the top, which I loved as well. To top things off, fan favorite plays a detective trying to solve the murders and track down Creedlow.  Thrill me!

I mentioned that this was a departure for Romero, but it isn’t a straight revenge movie either.  It has a supernatural tone and the trademark Romero social commentary (we all wear masks).  That being said, this felt like a more personal movie than most of Romero’s.  Creedlow was capable of extreme violence, but you couldn’t help but root for him as he smited the evil in his life. 

If Bruiser is a title that you missed, I highly suggest checking it out.  You don’t need to be a Romero fan to enjoy.  For that matter, you don’t even need to be a horror fan.


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