Flaxstone and Martin have improved as filmmakers, and, despite its low budget, the look of ‘Release’ is grimly convincing. But this presents new problems: with the rough edges of the earlier film replaced by a relative slickness, script and acting issues are more obvious. Perhaps the biggest problem is that there’s nothing we haven’t seen before: shower room shenanigans, cruel wardens and holy innocents marching towards an unconvincing date with destiny. Disappointing.
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