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On a lonely freeway late one night, a mother (Stowe) and her teenage daughter's turn into a rest stop takes them into a surreal nightmare. A young, blood-lusting cult attempts to recruit the girl while her mother must rescue her from the unimaginable.
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Rather than use the set in one of his music videos, Adams assembled a cast and shot a movie long on style and short on intelligence and substance. Imagine a nonsensical mix of "The Horse Whisperer", Rosemary's Baby", and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Volk's original screenplay of a British mother and her 12 year-old daughter trapped in a car on a motorway they could not get off, was fundamentally altered. So much so that Volk seriously considered having his name omitted from the credits. Adams' "on the fly" changes destroyed any possibility of unity and logic. Confused viewers searching for hidden meaning and explanations are wasting their time, there is simply no method to the madness.
Madeleine Stowe suffers through this with a bad haircut and a general look of stunned surprise. Most likely due to having the her script change on a hourly basis. All this gives the movie a disjointed look.
Barton looks pretty used up until her love scene with the cult leader (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) when they put her in heavy eye makeup.Read more ›
Madeleine Stowe plays Senga with surprisingly little emotion while Barton's character comes off as a real brat. They never get along and even when Senga attempts to rescue Nat they're still going at it. The movie gets cliche in the final half hour as Senga becomes a one woman army battling the evil cultists. However, the movie does build some good suspense through Senga's fear and suspicions of people who dwell during the nocturnal hours. There's also a good song called "F.E.A.R" that plays over the end credits.
Dumb premise gets even more muddled when the mother (spoiler!) finds her daughter, the daughter still behaves like a total brat. I would have left her with the bloodsuckers.
Both the daughter and mother eventually learn that this cult kills people for their blood. Why they do so is never explained. And even at this point when Senga is trying to rescue Nat, she still acts like a brat. The last third of the movie seems to just generate more confusion. And becomes unbelievable and my main reason for the rating I assigned.
That good part of the movie has to be attributed to the direction, not the wirtting. The movie is dark and suspenseful. Though you do not know what really is transpiring in this movie, it does keep you on the edge of the seat as Senga tries to rescue her daughter.
But some curious and unnerving things happen to them on the way home, which they have to deal with on their own. For starters, one hichhiker (Bijou Phillips) came on board, and mystreiously disappears into the darkness. Then, after bitter argument with Nat, Senga finds her daughter missing, perhaps kidnapped, in the diner on the roadside.
[CREEPY ATMOSPHERE, AWFUL STORY] Like his previous supernatural horror 'Long Time Dead' Marcus Adams as director shows considerable skills to create creepy atmosphere on the screen. Though the picture is too dark at times (and almost all the events happen at one night), it also realizes certain amount of strangely unreal feeling of staying up late at 3pm in the morning.
But the script is simply awful, especially in the last 30 minutes, where everything is explained with cliched items like 'cult,' and everything still remains confusing and unbelievable. Norman Reedus plays a 'Recovery Man' whose identity turns out so incredible. And when Jonathan Rhys-Meyers appears as 'The Father' who utters incomprehensive nonsense before the bedazzled Nat (who listens to them seriously ... no kidding!), everything falls apart.
This film reminded me of Peter Fonda's 1975 shocker 'Ride with the Devil' in which four unsuspecting travellers are terrorized by the mysterious local cult group. Though that film was a B-action/horror film, it was at least coherent to the end. And the ending was more effective than this one's.
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The movie reminded me of the inner mind of a deranged schizophrenic. Nothing but one long paranoia trip. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dawn soleri
The DVD itself was brand new, the quality was awesome. The movie itself is pretty weird but their are reviews online to read so I will not review the actual movie. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rachel Carter
I saw this movie a long time ago and have been looking for it for years. What a treat to see Norman Reedus and Jonathan Rhys Myers in the same film.Published 22 months ago by Lorrie Digiulio