This has been lumped in with Hostel and the Saw films as a “torture porn” film because of its torture scenes. While I agree that there are similarities I don’t think it is of the same calibre. I like the Saw films but didn’t like Hostel one bit. I think Saw has a better storyline.
The Tortured falls into the same category as Hostel for me. The torture scenes served no real purpose than to shock/thrill the viewer.
While the effects are good and the ending has a good twist you can’t empathise with anybody.
It is style over substance.