I must admit to being suckered by The Clinics initial announcement that it is based on a true story. No details are given about the incident that occurred, which is something that one has learned to be dubious about if filmmakers make the claim but dont back it up with sources then you are unable to go and determine whether this actually happened or the film is only vaguely based on some urban legend the writer heard had supposedly happened to a friend of a friends second cousin while he was drinking in a bar.
The way that The Clinic starts in with the abduction of Tabrett Bethell, you expect it and its Outback setting to slot into the same vein as classic Australian desert thrillers such as Roadgames (1981) or Kiss or Kill (1997). Or perhaps more so the international hit of Wolf Creek (2005), which was fresh in memory when this was made. However, what becomes apparent as the main thrust of the film kicks in is that we are actually in for a copy of Saw (2004) or one of the films modelled on it with people imprisoned in a facility and having to undergo a gruelling elimination game in order to survive.
Once it becomes aware what is going on and the Saw influence, I started to lose interest in The Clinic and switched off it and its bogus true-life claim altogether. The premise lacks any basic plausibility that some secret organisation would abduct people pregnant women from all walks of life and place them in a facility where, in order to identify and get back their baby back, they are required to kill one another to find chips surgically implanted in each girls stomach. How the mothers surviving gladiatorial games of this type relates in any way to making their babies more prospective candidates for adoption is just one of the fundamental implausibilities of the film. Or why any self-respecting parent would want to touch such a scheme with a forty-foot barge pole. Why couldnt the organisers just deliver the babies by normal means and give them to the parents? How could such a scheme get by without being detected surely someone would notice multiple pregnant women going missing every time someone wants to adopt a baby? The basic implausibility of the scenario kills off any claim to be telling a true story.
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