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Would I watch again? - Probebly Not
The plot is predictable at best, incoherent at worst or perhaps more accurately. The ending makes no sense. It also ends suddenly with no real resolution.
Another lame fact is that it is shot in some old, crumbling building for no reason other than to be vaguely creepy, and it's all old cars and stuff parked outside, for god knows what reason, as it is set in a contemporary setting.
I could go on but there's really no point. If you were thinking of renting or buying this, DO NOT. It is a turd, ladies and gentlemen.
This movie isn't terrible. It had real potential; the problem is "wronged man returns from the grave for vengence" has been done before, and this movie didn't really feel like it brought anything new to the table.
There were no real surprises, except the end, and that was more of a train-going-off-the-rails than a surprise-twist. I think this movie's big problem is that it revealed the crime of the 6 cops too soon, and then kept rehashing it over and over. Maybe if they'd left the why of it all until the very last minute, dropping hints now and then, but never revealing it until the final showdown, it would have been a more compelling film.
We flash ahead 1 year later, Christmas Eve at a small town police department. Detective Alexander Black was the father of Mary and is having some family problems mainly over the death of Mary a year ago. Then at 8:14 Val Kilmer shows up as "Mr. Nobody" to confess to murders. Val has the eerie appearance of an old fat Jim Morrison and recites various dark lines and truisms such as "It is the job of the police to protect the rich and persecute the poor." He also has his own music as he whistles Mozart, which sounds a little like the opening of "Lassie" for you old timers.
The soundtrack is a combination of Mozart and Metal. It was good, but it really had an opportunity to make the film. We soon find out that the cops who are on duty had clubbed a drifter into a coma attempting to get him to confess to the killing of Mary Black. They show the torture scene about 6 times. The drifter (never called The Traveler, perhaps "Drifter" was already taken) was beaten with a shovel, baton, fist, hung, whipped, and suffocated. Oh yes and stuck with a pen.
Our Traveler is here to get revenge in a strange and supernatural way, which the police quickly figure out. As he confesses to a killing, he is actually describing how a police officer is being killed.Read more ›
What works well in `The Traveler' is the creation of the surreal, oppressive atmosphere in which the story takes place. That, along with Kilmer himself made the film for me. On the negative side the exploration of this other dimensional-like environment was periodically violated by far too graphic violence that in my opinion interrupted the feel of the storyline, dragging it down to the level of a slasher film instead of a supernatural, psychological mystery.
Bottom line, the film has some very good moments and some very bad ones. It might be worth a viewing. Especially if you're a Val Kilmer fan.
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An interesting tale, not Val's best work, and it leaves a few questions lingering in the viewer's mind; but then so did more highly acclaimed flicks like The Big Lebowski, The... Read morePublished 9 months ago by James Carroll
When I saw this I didn't know what to expect but its Val Kilmer & its a horror film so I decided to give it a shot & im glad I did. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Darkness
Solid Supernatural /Horror / Thriller, helped greatly by Val Kilmer's gritty presence. Timely and intelligent. Recommended!Published 13 months ago by P ski
Too violent for me. I never new Val Kilmer did such violence. Your web site never says anything about what the DVDs is about. Too bad. I threw it away.
I see the reviews on here, but no one has mentioned that in the stair scene at the end, the cat is STUFFED. Like... a WEBKINS cat in place of a real cat! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Marti Young
I personally do not understand why this movie received low ratings. I loved this movie. It is one that keeps you watching it to see what is going to happen next. Full of suspense. Read morePublished 22 months ago by VLH
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