Baskin (translates to The Raid)
Director: Can Evrenol
Writer: Can Evrenol, Ogulcan Eren Akay, Cem Ozuduru, Ercin Sadikoglu
Cast: Muharrem Bayrak, Ergun Kuyucu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Fatih Dokgöz, Gorkem Kasal
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]
Arda (Gorkem Kasal) is new to the police force. His troup, led by Remzi (Ergun Kuyucu), and consisting furthermore of Yavuz (Muharrem Bayrak) and Sabo (Sabahattin Yakut), sit around in a café where things seem playful on the surface, but some tension is noteable. Then they get called away and find themselves in a world that doesn’t seem to be quite on this earth and is full of horrors.
Baskin came with a lot of hype and promises of terrifying horrors. But in the end it’s neither as extreme nor as engaging as I expected.
I very much liked the beginning of the film and I enjoyed the guys sitting in the café showing behavior that feels ever so slightly off, although you can’t really put your finger on the ‘why’s and ‘how’s. I mean, yes, the aggression against the waiter was definitely a dick move. Why it should be any more than that didn’t really become clear but there was a quite sense of dread there that I liked.
Unfortunately once the four guys end up in hell, the movie does fall apart a little. Or rather a lot. The scenes there are intercut with dream sequences (?) that take place in the café with Remzi and Arda. And while I loved the scenes and their talks and I thought that they added a lot to the story and their characters, they completely disrupted the narrative flow over and over again.
Since the movie doesn’t really get going, it starts to feel very long. Especially since the horrors of hell just never really got horrifying for me. Yes, it’s all kind of gross and gruesome (and we got a reappearance from our old friend rape) and horrible, I never felt it on a more visceral level – it was always a detached “well, that’s not really good what’s happening here”.
There is a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming and that I liked from a narrative perspective, but which didn’t make much sense from a consistency perspective and unnecessarily opens up a plot hole. It would have needed more work then it could have been good. But like this it falls flat on its face – like most of the film.