Hardcore prisoner and unrelenting sociopath Lee Ray Olivier, (played by the fantastic Ray Liotta) is put to death by lethal injection. When he wakes up again inside the morgue, things get weird for him. Dr Michael Copeland (the fantastic Willem DaFoe), a Neuro-pharmacologist, is in the final stages of testing his newest drug - on humans. Oliver is offered a chance to participate or go through his execution for real. He agrees, but he's far from the perfect patient.
At first he's atrociously violent, attacking guards and attempting escapes, but gradually the drug begins to work. Oliver's tattoos are removed, preparing him for the final test - a normal life in public. Dr. Copeland's dream is to take a violent offender and turn them into an average, everyday Joe. Copeland makes sure Oliver knows, "You're only alive because of me." Gradually, Oliver calms down and begins to exhibit rational thought.
Released to work and live in a normal environment while wearing an ankle bracelet, Oliver meets Teresa (Michelle Rodriquez) and they become friendly. But, can a sociopath actually become an empathetic person? Can a conscience develop if it wasn't present before? This movie has quite a few twists to it that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Ray Liotta's transformation from the murderous killer to the pacifist is a landmark in his acting career, one of his best performances ever.
While not as violent or graphic as 'Strangeland', another film of experimental pacification of monstrous personality disorders, 'Control' is still a very good movie. My primary complaint is that the DVD did not have English subtitles for the hearing impaired, so crank the volume up. Enjoy!
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