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Review: 'Raze' Starring Zoe Bell & Rachel Nichols Doesn't Pack The Punch It Should

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 9, 2014 6:06 PM
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The women-in-prison genre gets a contemporary reworking in the grisly slugfest “Raze.” There’s no sex or nudity in this film, which pairs off a large ensemble of actresses in a series of increasingly violent fistfights to the death, and some audiences might find this a cause for celebration—Bechdel Test enthusiasts especially should take note of how insignificant men are in these women's lives. But perhaps it’s how we find titillation in the modern world—the cast takes turns getting brutalized by each other while under the rule of sadistic prison guards, and these women respond to bloodshed with more and more nastiness. Is it empowering when one prisoner flings feces at a brutish male guard if sex is never once put on the table?

No Man Can Could Survive This: Exclusive Poster For Female Fight Flick 'Raze' Starring Zoe Bell & Rachel Nichols

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 11:02 AM
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As Quentin Tarantino has proven, exploitation or genre tropes are ripe for reworking into something new, fresh and subversive. And that's just what director Josh C. Waller has aimed to do with "Raze," which takes the women-in-prison backdrop that provided so much material for sleazy '70s flicks and turns it into something very, very bloody.

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