INTO THE LABYRINTH (2019) Review of Italian mystery horror thriller

 

Into the Labyrinth is a 2019 Italian horror thriller feature film about a kidnapping victim who turns up alive after fifteen years. A profiler and a private investigator try to piece together the mystery. A private investigator is also on the kidnapper’s trail.

Written and directed by Donato Carrisi, based on his own novel, the movie stars Dustin Hoffman (Sphere; Outbreak; Marathon Man), Toni Servillo, Valentina Bellè and Vinicio Marchioni.

Plot:

Samantha (Valentina Bellè) was abducted on the way to school and held as a prisoner for fifteen years. She wakes up in a hospital room with no memory of where she has been or what has happened in all that time. Next to her, Doctor Green (Dustin Hoffman), an extraordinary profiler who claims that will help her get her memory back and solve the mystery.

Together they negotiate Samantha’s memories of the labyrinth, the underground prison in which the kidnapper brutally tortured and forced Samantha to solve riddles and puzzles, rewarding her successes and punishing her failures. Genko (Toni Servillo), a private investigator, is also on the kidnapper’s trail…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“What makes the movie feel focused is its great performances. Dustin Hoffman as Dr Green who is trying to get into the mind of a beautiful victim and Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) as a dying detective who has made it his life goal to catch the killer, carry the film on their shoulders. The story has an episodic structure and echoes heavily the Saw franchise, although, I am sure, Carrisi would be devastated to hear of the comparison.” Pasha’s Film Reviews

Release:

Into the Labyrinth was released in Italy on October 30th 2019. It is available in North America On-Demand via Brainstorm Media from October 9th 2020.

In the UK, Darkland Distribution will release Into the Labyrinth on DVD and Digital Download from 19th April 2021.

Cast and characters:

Dustin Hoffman … Dottor Green
Toni Servillo … Bruno Genko
Valentina Bellè … Samantha Andretti
Vinicio Marchioni … Simon Berish
Katsiaryna Shulha … Linda (as Caterina Shulha)
Orlando Cinque … Bauer
Filippo Dini … Delacroix
Sergio Grossini … Peter Lai / Rizzo
Carla Cassola … Signora Wilson
Luis Gnecco … Mordecai Lumann
Stefano Rossi Giordani … Ragazzo cicatrice
Riccardo Cicogna … Paul MacInsky
Sergio Leone … Bunny
Marta Paola Richeldi … Signora Lai
Diego Facciotti … Prete

Production companies:

Gavila
Colorado Film Production
Banca Sella Patrimoni
Medusa Film

Filming locations:

Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Technical details:

130 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

Original title:

L’uomo del labirinto

Trailer: