Today I have the distinct pleasure of sharing an exclusive sneak peak at the new film Brutal. When I first had the chance to view this new trailer, I had no idea what to expect, but luckily the video greeted me with the following quote from acting luminary Bill Oberst Jr.
Some of the most balls-to-the-wall fight choreography you've ever seen. Morgan Benoit and Jeff Hatch's bone-crunching are so realistic that they are simultaneously hard to watch and hard to turn away from
He's not lying. This trailer captures the pulse pounding action of no-holds-barred hand to hand combat with startling authenticity. With its head snapping punches, huge throw and massive slams, you have a hard time differentiating this from the real thing. By the end of the footage, blood from snapped limbs and exploded eyeballs paint both combatant's wife beaters crimson. Check it out below.
I'm not clear on why the guy is eating steak in the all-white bedroom, but I assume that he's hungry from all the fighting, and probably would like a nap.
Billed as a "mixed martial arts action/ adventure", Brutal features the direction and writing of filmmaker Donald Lawrence Flaherty
The film stars Morgan Benoit (THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM), David Mattey (HANCOCK) Stacey Jorgensen (GREY SKIES) along with former New York Giants offensive lineman Jeff Hatch.
The film's official website, brutalthemovie.com, provides some background for the thrilling story:
BRUTAL centers on Trevor (Morgan Benoit) abducted from his backyard at the age of fifteen by an unseen alien presence. Forced into nearly two decades of no-holds-barred fights against other abductees inside an unearthly mixed martial arts arena, Trevor has evolved from an innocent boy into a brutal fighting machine.Derek, (Jeff Hatch) an ambulance-chasing lawyer, is the latest lab-rat abductee forced to fight Trevor. As the two men exchange ever-increasing beatings over the course of weeks and months, the brutality of their existence and the true nature of their humanity is slowly revealed.
With elements of The Twilight Zone and The Prisoner, BRUTAL explores through science fiction, allegory and psychological drama, man's violent nature and our propensity to commit unthinkable acts of violence against each other. Yet through this prism of brutality our capacity to love one another, even in the worst of circumstances is celebrated.
. For your viewing pleasure, we've giffed all the fight footage from the preview.