Arriving at a cabin in the woods after having witnessed the murder of her friend, Annie begs for the owner to open the door. The owner of the house is Kyle Limato, a man who doesn't want to deal with the cops due to his past, but he can't deny the scared woman help. He lets her in, but soon the people she is running from arrive.
I guess this is supposed to be Michael Biehn doing a grindhouse movie, and I think he got the idea from Robert Rodriguez while working on "Planet Terror" with him. I'll start by saying that "The Victim" is not really a grindhouse movie. I mean, of course it isn't... I'm of the kind who thinks grindhouse movies are only old movies that were played at grindhouses but let's give this new trend the benefit of the doubt - I'll accept that they can be called "grindhouse" simply by being highly inspired and similar to the style and feel of the old movies. And a lot of modern movies have succeeded. "The Victim" has not. I'm not holding this against the movie, saying that it makes it bad. I just want to put this out there straight away because of how this is being advertised. He might've had grindhouse movies in his mind, but the execution is not really more than a TV thriller / horror from the 90's... if I have to compare it to something.
It starts off by showing two girls fiddling around with two guys - one of them a cop who wants to be sheriff. The cop walks away with one of the girls and fucks her from behind just a tad bit too rough. He accidently breaks her neck. He calls for his friend to get there, and while he explains what happens the other girl, Annie, sees her dead friend and escapes. Later that night, Annie arrives at Kyle Limato's house in the middle of the woods. He lets her in after some hesitation, and hides her when the cop and his friend arrive at the house pretending to be there on official business. Kyle is now dragged into this mess, and he has to decide who to believe - and if it's worth the fight.
A simple plot that sometimes tries to confuse you, but to my surprise it never really throws a twist your way. Unless the call the final seconds a twist - I wouldn't. I'm glad that it's as straight-forward as it is, because a twist would've been more expected and definitely not needed. Still, with or without a twist, "The Victim" lacks a lot of what you'd want from it. It doesn't bring in nearly enough of the typical grindhouse trademarks, even though there is a sex scene between Kyle and Annie (played by real couple Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc) which shows a bit of tit.
Michael Biehn is fairly decent as Kyle Limato, and if you like him from past movies then I think you'll like him here too. Nothing outstanding, but the typical Biehn presentation. I'd say he is one of the biggest reasons for watching the movie. The bad guy/cop is played by Ryan Honey, and he does what he should in the role but no real personality shines through for me. Jennifer Blanc goes between annoying and decent, but at least she's willing to show her body.
"The Victim" is not a movie I'd recommend. It's too bland, too TV-esque and perhaps too clean. The biggest problem might be that it doesn't do enough, it just "is". It's bland and boring, and that's a shame because even a bad movie can be worth it if it has enough on display, but this didn't. If you accidently stumble upon it on TV or at a friend's house then you should give it a couple of minutes because it might be better than what else is on show at the time, but don't go out of your way for it.