It Takes Two
Spanish movie Two (Dos) is, in its simplest form, a mash-up of Gerald’s Game and The Human Centipede. Lacking the visceral gore and shock of the latter and sporting a tepid mystery that pales compared to the former, Two is a bit of a misfire.
The premise here is pretty straight forward and to the credit of this Indie flick, the team do everything they can to stretch that out as much as they can. At the center of this are a man and a woman called David and Sara. They both wake up to find themselves joined at the abdomen. They’re naked, lying in bed facing one another and have no knowledge of where they are or what’s happened.
Across the course of 70 minutes, the pair start to navigate their surroundings and figure out what’s going on. While the film does come up with a decent enough explanation for that, it feels rushed and lacks a good amount of substance to make that pay-off feel earned.
I mentioned Gerald’s Game earlier, which is probably the closest comparison this film has, but it also bears some similarities to Exam and Saw too. In essence, this is a patchwork of different movies, stitched together awkwardly into a Frankenstein’s monster that tries to be deep and thoughtful, but struggles to do so.
As far as indie flicks go though, this isn’t a bad movie and it’ll certainly keep you sticking around until the end. However, you also won’t be in a hurry to re-watch this one when you’re done.
The characterization is arguably where this movie is at its strongest, drip-feeding backstory across the run-time in a decent way. It actually feels quite reminiscent to Saw in that respect, with Sara and David (much like Lawrence and Adam) slowly learning to trust one another and work to escape their predicament. Instead of flashbacks and slick visuals though, we’re instead graced with a lot of extreme close ups.
There Are some questionable elements to this film though, including a full 3 minutes dedicated to the pair urinating. I’m not quite sure why we needed that, while other scenes feel significant and go absolutely nowhere – like when hot food arrives in the room. Given they’re both stitched together, and some of the gory scenes that show up sparingly, I expected there to be some sort of gruesome pay-off to this, but there’s not.
The final reveals are okay but they lack the shock factor needed to really pull off this sort of movie. Given the amount of questions raised across the run-time, the film pulls a bit of a switch and bait, despite some foreshadowed moments midway through.
Ultimately, Two (Dos) is a bit of a mixed bag. It’s an okay Friday night B-movie but also lacks any of the polish or intrigue other films of its kind manage to bring with it.
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Verdict - 4/10