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An international arms dealer rewards his six-member sales division of corporate execs with a weekend team-building retreat in the mountains of Eastern Europe, where they encounter a renegade band of war-crazed soldiers seeking revenge.
A twisted and bloody spoof on office life, Severance nicely balances comedy and nasty horror.
The cast shows spark and gusto, especially Laura Harris as a vulnerable yet intrepid survivor type and Danny Dyer as a bent druggie who straightens out long enough to fight back.
So there's still a smart office-horror movie left to be made. In the meantime, Severance is just another paycheck.
Discriminating horror fans should also note that it's the most exhilarating fright flick to hit theatres since last year's The Descent.
For the odd at heart, it will be worth the wait.
Like Shaun of the Dead, the movie enthusiastically embraces all the grotesque clichés we love and have come to expect from the form -- turning several on their ear.
Severance is a story of terrible things that couldn't have happened to funnier people.
It is wonderfully wry, and contains some great gags.
At heart, it's a sophisticated variation on Friday the 13th, a splatter film with a slightly more interesting collection of targets.
Sitting through its increasingly sluggish pace feels like, well, work.
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