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Clinic, The (DVD Review)

2 Aug, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 8/9/11
$27.97 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for bloody violence and some language. Unrated version also available.
Stars Andy Whitfield, Tabrett Bethell.

Driving the expansive Australian outback on an endless two-lane highway would tax even the most ardent insomniac.

For young couple Cameron (Andy Whitfield, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”) and his pregnant wife, Beth (Tabrett Bethell, “Legend of the Seeker”), making the drive to visit her mother for the 1979 Christmas holiday requires spending the night at a remote motel in the middle of nowhere.

Needless to say, for the lead characters, such stops in movies typically include more than a malfunctioning TV and lack of room service with which to contend.

And so it is that restless Cameron leaves in search of take-out and comes back to find that Beth is nowhere to be found. The grungy motel manager and local cop are (of course) more suspicious than helpful.

Fast-forward to Beth waking up naked in a tub filled with ice, bloody stitches underscoring the reality that her baby has just been delivered by crude C-section.

Beth soon discovers that she is not alone. In fact she is one of several women with C-sections trapped on some sort of converted cow farm miles from civilization — the women’s collective angst made worse by the realization that one of the mothers is out to kill the others in search of her baby.

The 2010 Aussie film — despite a few flaws — is an entertaining twist on Darwinian survival of the fittest. It’s also a bit of an empowerment film, considering the abrupt end to Cameron’s character.

Added bonus: Male (and female) fans of Bethell from her captivating Cara character in “Seeker” should be pleasantly surprised watching her emerge from the ice-tub in all her glory. Who knew post-birth could look so hot?

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