The Sadness

Summary : After a year of battling a mild pandemic, the virus brutally mutates and transforms the citizens of Taipei into sadistic and bloodthirsty psychopaths. In the middle of this butchery, a young couple tries to survive to be reunited before they too are infected.

Critical : Warning the eyes !

So… what about The Sadness by Rob Jabbaz? This is a film that will cause a lot of ink to flow, as much as blood in the film.

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The feature film claims to be very inspired by the gore porn comic series Crossedlaunched by Garth Ennis (The Boys, Preacher) and Jacen Burrows. This is The road by Cormac McCarthy in a trashy version. It’s gory, repulsive, terrifying, pornographic and hopeless. The film takes up the main lines, taking advantage of the global pandemic that we ourselves are going through: a virus strikes humanity and brings out the darkest and most perverse impulses of each of us, lurking deep in our souls.

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The Canadian director doesn’t waste his time on exposure and set-up: he throws all his violence at us after ten short minutes of presentation where we impatiently dread the moment when everything will change. And from there, you who enter the film must give up hope. You left for an hour and thirty minutes of massacres, rapes, cannibalism and dismemberment, and not necessarily in that order. The trailers did not hesitate to warn us: you are going to taste.

This depressive, filthy, gory circus of horror we’re immersed in, comes with the disclaimer ‘no one under sixteen’, which may be debatable. Debate on what we can show, how we can show it and especially to whom we can show it.

This is a film that does not lie on its promises. Some extremely dirty and particularly disgusting ideas, however, remained off-screen. For the gore-hungry, it might be a disappointment, but the suggestion knows how to be terrifying. Imagination does all the work. Know that for the more adventurous, a version uncut exist.

In recent years, we have witnessed the trivialization of violence. A double-edged fashion. Less frightening to watch, therefore less impactful, but with terrible consequences. The Sadness decides to expose it for what it is. That is to say, violent (thanks Captain Obvious), rough, dirty, painful, muddy, infamous etc… And the infected people have a field day.

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Bring violence back to its natural state. It must disturb and frighten.

Like the comics, it is not an object to put in just anyone’s hands. In a context like this, the footage screams in our faces that there will be no heroes to come and save us. We will be alone. And the only ones we can count on are… ourselves. But did we have to go that far?

We can already hear you saying “yesssssssssssssssssssssssss.. Saw 6. And it’s really deep as a theme. Young ephebes, some of us have the evil DeadRomero’s zombies, 28+ later, Poultrygeist, Cannibal Holocaust, Street Trash and Serbian Film on the counter to name but a few. Level gore and dirty, the references are there. For the theme, sit down, we’re getting there.

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“Technical progress is like an ax thrown into the hands of a psychopath” – Albert Einstein
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The bottom is also a point just as open to debate as its plastic. The character that aptly describes the starting point of all this horror is the businessman fifties who wants to chat with the heroine Kat in the subway. Scene after the first attack witnessed and victim by Jim, her boyfriend. This whole scene, posed and depressing, is the strongest of the film. The one on which all the speech rests. And the one by which this film reflects well the problems of our disastrous time. The scene is very simple. A man wants to cut a bib with a young woman. Talking about the novel she is reading in the subway. He tells her of his joy to see that there are still people who read instead of being screwed on their mobile phones. She nods and asks him nicely to let her read quietly. He leaves her for a moment and becomes enterprising, without being aggressive either, huh, but that bothers her. So far it’s understandable. “At some point, we should see that we don’t go any further. I closed the conversation so leave me”. But… perfectly illustrating our current world, she threatens him to denounce him for sexual harassment, which plunges him into the greatest disarray, noting that our world is going completely into a spin before going itself… into a spin. A simple and brutal statement. So would this virus free us from all this daily horror that we have inflicted on ourselves? In any case, the infected seem happy.

Despite these airs of gratuitous butchery, The Sadness prompts us to reflect on what we are doing with humanity. And now the million dollar question: should we see it? At least you can try.

The Sadness – Rob Jabbaz – review