After appearing in many film festivals, the sci-fi/mixed martial arts hybrid action film Brutal, from director Donald Flaherty (East Meets West) will finally be unleashed on DVD and Video on Demand outlets on April 5 from Inception Media.
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, (ex-football player Jeff Hatch) an ambulance-chasing lawyer, is the latest lab rat abductee to face 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, 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.
The film co-stars David Mattey. Hollywood stuntman Colin Follenweider choreographed the film’s mixed martial arts fight scenes.
Inception Media releases Brutal on April 5 from Inception Media.