3 Lives – Germany, 2019 – reviews

‘You only get one.’

3 Lives is a 2019 German psychological thriller feature film about a kidnapped woman who discovers her rescuer is the man jailed for attacking her fifteen years earlier.

Directed by Juliane Block (The Curse of Hobbes House; 8 Remains) from a story and screenplay co-written with Wolf-Peter Arand, the movie stars Mhairi Calvey (The Curse of Hobbes House), Martin Kaps, Tyron Ricketts, Anatole Taubman, Victor Alfieri, Pete Riley, Maja-Celiné Probst and Dharmander Sing.

The synth soundtrack score composed by Walter Mair.

Plot:

Emma (Mhairi Calvey) wakes up to find herself trapped in an abandoned bunker. She soon realises that there are two other victims trapped with her, Ben and Jamie, who she knows from her days in high school.

Now, Ben and Jamie are Emma’s only means of escape from their savage captors, three ex-soldiers. Faced with the choice to stay in the bunker or to escape her kidnappers with the help of her former attacker and his old friend, Emma chooses the latter.

Ruthlessly the ex-soldiers chase the group through the wilderness. While Emma tries to find out why Ben, Jamie, and herself have been kidnapped in the first place. Slowly matters start to spin out of control, facades start to crack and Emma has to learn who her real enemy is…

Release:

In the USA, High Octane Pictures is releasing 3 Lives on DVD and Digital on August 6, 2019.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

3 Lives perfectly explores and conveys the horrors and damaging effects sexual assault can have on an individual’s mindset with eye-opening results. However, the predictable plot points and the insufferable kidnappers, fail to match the great performances from Calvey, Ricketts, and Kaps.” Liam Waddington, Flickering Myth

3 Lives succeeds at showing the lasting horrors of sexual violation but stumbles giving us the horror biz goods we crave. I’d give this a lukewarm recommendation on the strength of the cast, but the story could have used less character squabbles, better villains, and overall more terror!” Horror Fuel

” …the plot of 3 Lives sounds incredibly far-fetched – but a very clever and well put-together script doesn’t make the film feel this way, a script that might follow genre formula to a certain extent but puts an emphasis on character study over violence, yet has all the right action in all the right places.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

“The first half of 3 Lives wants to be a thriller but it falls flat. The hunters prove to be fairly inept. Even when they recapture one of the prisoners he’s soon rescued. Most of the time they just sit around and smoke. The escapees aren’t much better, they hide in a cave and bicker constantly.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Mhairi Calvey … Emma
  • Anatole Taubman … Thoms
  • Victor Alfieri … Piggy
  • Maja-Celiné Probst … Jo
  • Tyron Ricketts … Ben
  • Martin Kaps … Jamie
  • Dharmander Singh … Patient
  • Pete Riley … Frotti

Production companies:

  • 3 Lives Movie Ltd
  • Aquaset Filmworks
  • J-Blockbuster
  • Trigger Films

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