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Isolation (2005)

On a remote Irish farm, five people become unwilling participants in an experiment that goes nightmarishly wrong.

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Billy O'Brien

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Billy O'Brien
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Cast

Cast overview:
Essie Davis ... Orla
Sean Harris ... Jamie
Marcel Iures ... John
Crispin Letts ... Doctor
John Lynch ... Dan
Ruth Negga ... Mary
Stanley Townsend ... Garda Hourigan
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The broken farmer Dan rents his farm for the scientist John from the Bovine Genetics Technology that is researching genetic modifications of cattle to increase its fertilization. The veterinarian Orla is bitten by the calf while helping the cow to deliver, and she feels that something went wrong with the experiment. During the night, the cow has a narrow passage for the calf, and Dan asks the young couple Jamie and Mary that is parked in a trailer in front of his farm's entrance to help him in the delivery. When the offspring is born, it bites Dan; Orla arrives later and realizes that it is a genetic anomaly and she sacrifices the calf. During the autopsy of the animal, she discovers that the fetus is pregnant and she destroys the freak hybrids. However, one of them escapes and attacks a cow first and Jamie later. When John arrives in the farm, he discovers that there is the danger of infection of human beings and decides to quarantine the spot. But one offspring is alive and need to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A horror film set on a lonely farm in rural Ireland


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Rated R for violence/gore, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Elkülönítve See more »

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£2,900,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Inside the Barn: Creating Isolation (2007) See more »

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Performed by Jim Ford
From the album "Jim Ford - Harlan County" Sundown 1002; 1969
(p)(c)2000 Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.
Under license from Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.
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Squeamish creature-feature
14 July 2007 | by jboyaquarSee all my reviews

Although the significance behind the title is only superficially explored - whether it be from too much 'isolation' from cosmpolitan city life, from interpersonal emotional relationships, from wholesome medical meddling, etc... this tightly told story of science run amok at a backwoods Irish farm becomes frightening due to keen usage of natural elements combined with a focus on natural visual/special effects - no CGI! Although the characters are unremarkable, the unrelenting tension gets its strength from the filmmaker's refusal to ever leave the premises. In addition, the overcast skies and the interiors' infrastructures allow the director many opportunities to increase the audience's fear of when and how the creature will affect the proceedings. Though the audience never witnesses the full poteniality of its metamorphosis (although the budget was almost $9.5 million, they may have run out before unleashing a complete masterpiece) the glimpses of how science's ambitions can run amok are horrifyingly conveyed. Essie Davis is gorgeous, but did not create a 'Jamie Lee Curtis' in "Halloween." Definitely recommended.


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