Big question: Can this English flick capture the humor and occasional terror of office politics?
Catch it: If you're looking for a horror movie with some cultural commentary, as "Severance" shows Americans as arrogant and trigger-happy--without much accuracy or common sense. Ouch.
Bottom line: You don't learn anything about the villains and you won't care about the heroes. For British horror-comedy we'll take "Shaun of the Dead," and for funny office dynamics, we'll take "The Office."
Bonus: Seriously. Don't have an office getaway in a middle-of-nowhere cabin in the woods. You're asking for trouble.
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
Directed by Christopher Smith; screenplay by Smith and James Moran; photographed by Ed Wild; edited by Stuart Gazzard; music by Christian Henson; production design by John Frankish; produced by Jason Newmark. A Magnolia Pictures release; opens Friday at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema and the Century 12/CineArts 6, Evanston. Running time: 1:36. MPAA rating: R (for strong bloody violence, language, drug content and some sexuality/nudity).
Steve - Danny Dyer
Maggie - Laura Harris
Richard - Tim McInnerny
Harris - Toby Stephens