USA | 95 MINUTES | English |
A startling cat-and-mouse thriller, Five Fingers is a brilliantly claustrophobic exercise in psychological intimidation and anxiety. A shattering look at the shifting morals of terrorism and covert torture, it plays like a game of chess where the wrong move leads to an excoriating checkmate. At the behest of his girlfriend, idealistic Dutch pianist Martijn heads to Morocco to start a food program for malnourished children. Shortly after meeting his British guide Gavin, the two are abducted by terrorists. They wake up blindfolded, in pain, and strapped to chairs in an abandoned warehouse. Headed by Ahmat, the abductors are skeptical of Martijn's altruistic motives. What ensues is a match of wits, one side outfoxing the other in an interrogation that intensifies with each harsh question and stern answer. Forced to question everything, and everyone, that brought him to Morocco, Martijn has only one choice: Solve the riddle of his captivity...or die trying. The mind games in Five Fingers are sure to have you speculating until one of the players declares checkmate. Director Laurence Malkin makes precise use of his tools: paranoia and claustrophobia. he cast is exquisite, delivering powerful dialogue, and escalating the tension with every subtle look and reaction.