Jack Ketchum's The Lost (2005, USA) C-119m. SCOPE ** D: Chris Sivertson. Starring Marc Senter, Shay Astar, Alex Frost, Megan Henning, Robin Sydney, Michael Bowen, Ed Lauter, Dee Wallace-Stone, Jack Ketchum. Psycho thriller drama about aimless, violent teenagers. Four years after killing a girl in the woods, the past is catching up with Senter, a cold-hearted, potentially dangerous hunk. The local detective has never had a chance to nail him for the crime, but things are changing. Needlessly long, poorly paced, unpleasant adaptation of Jack Ketchum's novel had an extensive festival run, but lacks a compelling storyline. Worth watching for Senter's intense performance only, who is a bit like a young Christian Bale. Maybe he was cast because of the similarities between this and AMERICAN PSYCHO (1999). Screenplay by the director.

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