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I didn't mind that there wasn't gratuitous violence in it and I usually like a lot of gratuitous violence.
The actors are appealing and the characters interesting enough to keep your attention.It's more of a mystery and that lends to it's appeal.
They don't sugarcoat anything or have any less victims of violent deaths because it's PG-13 they just make you use your imagination more instead of showing you the actual kill in full effect.
There are a couple of twists that I saw coming but it was still a good story and cleverly done.
I think even a slasher fan "like myself" would enjoy this movie,I did.
There is a story within a story.The back story is how the Shortcut came to be and as time goes by reveals one of the mysteries..
But, all kidding aside, this is a good movie. The actors were good, the writers were good; I guess almost everyone involved in getting this film out did a good job! The plot was creative and interesting and while I DID guess some of the outcomes, the ending came out of nowhere and really blew me away! I was NOT expecting that one and that's one of the things I love in a movie. Movies should be entertaining, have a good plot, have good actors (even if they're not well known), good direction and keep you interested from the first frame to the last and sometimes even give the viewer a great surprise they weren't expecting at all. This movie did all of that. I'd definitely recommend it and think it's worth both your time and your money.
Unlike a lot of recent horror flicks, "The Shortcut" has no big special effect budgets or gratuitous violence. The movie's thrills are created by its creepiness and atmosphere; it builds suspense instead of raising the body count. I'd compare it more to "Halloween" or classic Hitchcock than "Saw" or "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." "The Shortcut" is subtle, smart, and, with its hot cast--including Katrina Bowden ("30 Rock") and heartthrob Drew Seeley ("Another Cinderella Story")--a great date movie.
The premise of the movie is a mom and her 2 sons have just moved to a new place. They've been there a few months. One's a teen in high school, the other's about in 6th or 7th grade. One day afterschool, the youngest is talking to 2 other kids after school and they ask him if he's taken the shortcut before. He tells them no and they dare him. So he accepts. As he's walking, he trips over a dead dog and comes across a mean old man with a rifle letting him know in so many words that he'll be next if he comes back.
The boy runs away obviously scared. He gets home and tells his older brother what happened. His older brother tells some of his friends about the incident. One day at school, the football jock asks the guy what's up with this stuff he heard that happened with his little brother. The kid tells him it's true and asks him why. The guy lets him know because his dogs been missing. That's what prompts the teens to explore the shortcut.
From there, you'll have to watch the movie for yourself. But it's got plenty of jumps, and a good movie for teens to really connect with as far as how they talk and the jokes made. It also has an ending that will blow you away. Defintely worth watching. I'm glad I bought it and added it to my collection instead of just renting. My kids and I really liked it. Great movie, great acting, great plot, great twists and turns, and an awesome ending!!
This movie is like sitting around a campfire listening to an old ghost story or urban legend! It's entertaining...the atmosphere is dreary...and the plot keeps you interested! There's a mystery that's yet to be discovered until the very end of the film...which you might have figured out before it happens! However, there's another surprise shortly thereafter! I'm not going to put any spoilers in this review because my hope is that after reading this review others will watch this film!
With these things being said, if you like a suspenseful thriller, then check out this movie! I really enjoyed it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the typical kids going to a place where they shouldn't (the crotchety old man's house) and it becomes a blood bath. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Harv
The only good part in this movie was Dave Franco but definetely not one of his good movies.Published 3 months ago by Ajum
Pretty damn good, epic gore scenes........... I enjoyed it, if not for the cheesy endingPublished 11 months ago by Katharine
I think this is an okay movie but some parts were just off for me and bad acting for some. The ending did not make much sense to me they could have done better to pull the story... Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Cindy
This is more of a movie for pre-teen's or young teenagers. It felt like it were trying to have that "Stand By Me" feel, but it wasn't even close.Published on December 14, 2013 by MAC
This day and age you don't want to take shortcuts. A mad man may be waiting there to put some hurtin on you. But it is the end that will blow your mind.Published on October 27, 2013 by Robert Hennessy
Wait a minute. When did Adam Sandler start making horror films? Apparently, it was in 2009. The Shortcut was the first release from Scary Madison, part of the Happy Madison... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Daniel Jolley