Botched (3 stars)


(15) 90min

An inept jewel thief (Stephen Dorff) is given one last chance by Russian Mafiosa with a heist from an apartment block. Our robber and his Russian cohorts inevitably screw up, and are the pursued, along with an eccentric group of hostages, through a sealed off floor of the building by sword wielding, ballet dancing descendants of Ivan the Terrible.

Chaotically, if modishly, structured, Botched is a clever and funny gorefest with a cartoon feel created by some clever photography. There are some good one-liners on the way to a conclusion that becomes outright farce. Some good support acting from Sean Pertwee adds to the grisly comic energy of the whole shebang. Some interesting extras featuring interviews with the director and producer make this international co-production a worthy and offbeat purchase.


  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • Germany/Ireland/UK/US
  • 1h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kit Ryan
  • Written by: Raymond Friel, Derek Boyle, Eamon Friel
  • Cast: Stephen Dorff, Jaime Murray, Sean Pertwee, Jamie Foreman, Geoff Bell

Joining the roll call of British splat-core comedy horror, this low budget effort stars Dorff as Ritchie, a bungling jewel thief in the debt of Russian gangster Mr Groznyi (Pertwee), who accidentally awakens the vengeful spirit of Ivan the Terrible. More 'The Cottage' than 'Shaun of the Dead'; Dorff deserves credit for…

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