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Scenic Route (2013)

Josh Duhamel , Dan Fogler , Kevin Goetz , Michael Goetz  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler
  • Directors: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vertical Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,027 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other s life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and ultimately knife-wielding madness, and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or death struggle

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kafkaesque Buddy Survival Flick July 27, 2013
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In the 20th century the term, "Kafkaesque" was commonly used to describe literature and films that were reminiscent of the writings of Franz Kafka. The term seems to have dropped out of common usage in the current century. Scenic Route should rightfully bring it back. Here we have a film that gets under the skin and leaves a transcendental bruise on the psyche.

Reviewers on other sites have noted Josh Duhamel's incredible depth in performance. He certainly has proven his chops as a serious actor in this role. However, Dan Fogler's performance was equally if not more impressive. Fogler's cherubic style as seen in such role's as Franklin in the Hannibal TV series is also present in Scenic Route. But Fogler goes even further here as he explores more dark elements of man's depravity.

Indeed, this film in general considers not only the evils man is capable of but just how close the darkness is to the surface. You may watch this film and question how easily you or your close friends would turn on each other given the right set of circumstances. Duhamel and Fogler could easily remind you of types of people you know or even are. This is the sort of film that verifies the Calvinist's view on man's nature. But don't think this film is all about conflict. There is some humor here and genuine caring for one another.

And a film could never be described as, "Kafkaesque" if the ending did not make you question what really happened. Scenic Route fulfills this mandate in a haunting manner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Not-For-Everyone "Buddy" Movie That Turns Dark August 9, 2013
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This film begins innocently enough then gradually goes from bad to awful for the characters. This is a low-budget film, but since the money was spent almost exclusively at one location, the producers could make that single scene very hellish. This is a psychological drama, where the focus is on the dialogue and character development, although there is some violence. The movie keeps you interested throughout, and the conclusion feels about right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TELL ME HOW IT ENDS September 28, 2013
Old friends Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler) take a ride cross country, or at least the desert. Carter is a "fat unemployed writer" while Mitchell is successful in finance with a wife and children. Carter pretends his vehicle is disabled (it's a Ford) so they can talk and get re-acquainted. The conversation turns nasty, and worse so when the Mitchell discovers the break down was staged...but then as fate would have it, the truck really breaks down.

Yes, it is a film about two guys in the desert talking about their lives going from exchanging blows to a bromance and back again and so on. There are some dark comedy moments. I wish Zach Galifianakis had played Carter, but then I always say that whenever a fat bearded role appears.

The film had an awkward "Twilight Zone" twist at the end which lacked decent development. Makes for a decent rental.

Parental Guide:F-bomb. Brief sex and nudity (Christie Burson).
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Scenic Route' was suprisingly great! April 1, 2014
By Blood
Just watched 'Scenic Route' on Netflix, and was blown away. Such a great survival-thriller and I didn't expect it to be as good as it was! Check it out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Musta taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque... March 20, 2014
Scenic Route (Kevin and Michael Goetz, 2013)

Scenic Route was a movie I went into expecting to not like all that much. As far as I can tell, it was basically DTV after playing a few festivals, it showed up on the “Popular on Netflix” list on instant streaming (usually the things I add from that list show up in the bottom 10% of my queue when I sort by rating descending; Scenic Route was an exception, showing up about halfway down). It stars Josh Duhamel, who hasn't made a good picture since Turistas, and Dan Fogler, who hasn't made a good movie since... well, never. Directed by brothers turning in their first feature and written by a TV guy, though he has turned in one feature script before—for the almost-legendary Jodie Foster-directed bomb The Beaver. (Yeah, the Mel Gibson hand puppet movie.) I figured I'd be hitting play on this one and, ninety minutes later, starting to write a review so legendarily bad I would be getting hate mail about it long into the next century. More fool me, because I have, as of this writing (Jan. 5, 2014), so far seen thirty pictures that were released in 2013, and I would put Scenic Route in the top five. All of these pieces that should not fit together in any way combined to make something special. [note: opening paragraph written before seeing Europa Report. Between these two movies, Dan Fogler bought a lot of years off his time in purgatory.]

Plot: Mitchell (Duhamel) and his childhood friend Carter (Fogler) are in the middle of a roadtrip when their truck breaks down in the middle of the desert. At the beginning of the ordeal, they seem to be friendly enough about it, but as time goes on and they realize they might be out there without food and water for an extended period of time, the needling gets sharper and more bitter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie January 12, 2014
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Maybe not for everyone...what movie is? but I liked it. Very strange and by the cover you can see it is a bit gory. Fun movie for me.
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This a great movie, but in a different way, which makes it so brilliant. I was impressed with the acting, the plot and interesting ending! I
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scenic Route
This is a good movie, but a little crazy at times. The acting is very good, and I enjoyed it.
Published 3 months ago by Rick JWow
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Burn in the Desert
Two guys and a truck in the desert. Tough one to pull off but it's pretty good.

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Published 4 months ago by Eric Sanberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Worst Hangover Sequel Yet
This was the worst Hangover sequel yet. Zach Galifianakis didn't deliver a single laugh, and they got someone else to play Bradley Cooper's character.
Published 4 months ago by Christopher
3.0 out of 5 stars An Idea That's Been Done Before Gets Done Again With Josh Duhamel and...
It seems like every generation (or so) stumbles across what it thinks is a truly original idea when the truth is it’s been done before not once but perhaps many times. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Edward Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars "Creepy but Cerebral"
This unusual and intriguing film is what can only be described as an, "Existential bromance." Filled with unbearable tension, angst and fear, it conveys the terror of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cary B. Barad
5.0 out of 5 stars A great find. It was so good, I bought it.
Great acting. Very intense.
What makes this story so good is that it is totally convincing. Most young guys can relate. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Springer Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Scenic Route
Off the normal movie and it keeps you thinking. Great acting for Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler. Humor, relating to thoughts spoken, and an ending that will puzzle you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sue Sherman
3.0 out of 5 stars Familiar Types
We have two old buddies reconnecting on a road trip. One has become a tame conformist. The other is unemployed but holds some vague "integrity" not to "sell out"... Read more
Published 5 months ago by mr. critic
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical buddy road trip movie
Great story and characters. Well written and shot. This is what happens when you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with your best friend for too long. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeff Mack
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