'The Clinic: Unrated'
(Tabrett Bethell, Andy Whitfield, et al / DVD / R / (2010) 2011 / IMAGE Entertainment)
Overview: In 1979, a road trip turns into a battle for survival when Cameron (Andy Whitfield, Spartacus: Blood and Sand) and his pregnant wife, Beth (Tabrett Bethell, Legend of the Seeker), stop for the night at a desolate motel. That night Beth is suddenly abducted from their room and wakes up in an ice-filled bathtub … with her baby now gone!
DVD Verdict: One of the press quotes for this movie stated, "The movie has one of the best “Oh s***...” scares in recent memory.” Well, no it doesn't! It does, however, have a good storyline, some wonderful cinematic scenery, some horrible speeches, a dash of bad acting, and a mid-section that drags!
That all said, and as much as I literally nearly dozed off in that get-to-the-friggin-point mid-section, I was glad I made it through awake! Sure there are holes in the plot, sure a main character dashes to the rescue and isn't seen ever again, but the double twist at the end is well worth the price of admission!
Set in 1979, and as it states (for all those thinking what they would have thought halfway through the film if it hadn't have been!) some six years PRIOR to the advent of DNA testing, a by-the-sleepy-numbers gets going with Andy Whitfield ('Spartacus,' a Welsh actor and model who now resides in Australia, where this movie was filmed - well, NSW, actually) and his HEAVILY pregnant wife, Beth (Tabrett Bethell, Legend of the Seeker) on the road on Christmas Eve - heading towards her parents.
Now, the fact that she is @ 8.5 months pregnant, a passenger in a shoddy car, driving in (basically) a desert with dry heat and sweating like a pig, doesn't make her think twice about the safety of her or her soon-to-be daughter! Nope, let's just drive that loooong distance on Christmas Eve into the middle of nowhere!
Anyway, moving on, and they book into a rundown, nasty motel (where the managers charges them for three, given that she is pregnant!) and after the husband pops out for food, he returns to find her gone! She awakens in a bath tub full of ice, her baby gone, a cut on her stomach, and DCVIII on her new clothing.
One of a few girls now all in the same wandering aimlessly within an enclosed, abandoned slaughter house, one by one they are picked off by another girl in search of the info they each now carry in their fresh stomach wounds!
Again, once revealed it does have a good storyline, but the second twist at the end is one that really makes you think that wow, that's not half bad. Totally implausible, but nice going! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1).