Claustrofobia is a horror / thriller film, which follows Eva as she wakes up locked in a cellar and chained to a table. There appears to be no obvious reason why she is there and her masked captive does not seem to have an apparent agenda.
Director, Bobby Boermans took a risky step, and decided to give his first feature length film away for free. A risk, that has seemed to have paid off as he, and his film, are getting international attention, in part for this bold move.
As the film goes, the production quality is decent and the majority of the acting respectable throughout, notably Carolien Spoor gives superb performance as Eva. The opening scene is brilliantly dark, and grabs your attention straightaway. I would go as far to say, that the first 30 minutes or so of this movie are faultless. It seeps with suspense, and is wonderfully dark.
Unfortunately, the rest of the movie doesn’t hold up as well. It feels as if Boermans created a monster, and then decided to muzzle it. The villain turns out to quite meek, and even a little wimpy, and the cellar where Eva is locked up really isn’t half bad, I’ve stayed in hotels that have offered a lot less. You’re never truly concerned or scared for Eva, it feels more like she’s just having a bad day. The side characters are interesting and have a lot of potential, but they are underused, it would have been good to learn a bit more about them.
Overall, not remarkable, but it’s an interesting film with a good dose of tension. It’s quite realistic is many ways, which for some, may be a scarier and more uncomfortable watch. Also, someone gets killed with an iPad.
Our Rating: 5.9 / 10