The idea behind Bruiser is very interesting. There is no explanation on how the main character loses his identity and, furthermore, we don’t get any feeling of a fantasy world. Anyways, it is possibly better this way because we don’t have to waste our time listening to some occult explanation to the happenings.
The actors are excellent. Peter Stormare is simply brilliant in the role of the boss that everyone wants to kill. He is petty, manipulator and stinking rich. He owns a monthly magazine called Bruiser. From the start, we understand the complicity between Henry and his boss’s wife.
To make things even more interesting, Henry’s girlfriend cheats on him with his boss. Furthermore, Henry surprises the maid, believing to be alone in the house, stealing silver items in the home. When he accuses her, she plays the innocent by asking “which objects”? He hits her over the head with the bag filled with the stolen items. It was probably the most satisfying moment in the movie.
The biggest problem with Bruiser is that when Henry obtains his special power, he ruins everything by talking, not hiding and by staying where he has spent his life, so everyone recognizes him anyways. And basically, I wonder if it is really a power to be prisoner of a mask while the whole town is looking for a mask wearing murderer. The finale is a bit pushed, too technological and unrealistic for me, but will probably please some.
Briefly, it is a small film that I recommend to all horror fans. Momentarily, it reminded me of American Psycho but I prefer this one.