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Toby, a gifted chemist slumming as a high school teacher, stops on a quiet stretch of Ozark highway to help an alluring young girl named Laurie whose car trouble--and attraction to the ... See full summary »

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Toby, a gifted chemist slumming as a high school teacher, stops on a quiet stretch of Ozark highway to help an alluring young girl named Laurie whose car trouble--and attraction to the handsome stranger--pales in the face of her real problems: She's on the run from police and involved in a dangerous criminal debt with Jeff, her violent, on-again, off-again boyfriend, who also cons a ride from Toby. With Laurie as a grudging accomplice, Jeff kidnaps Toby to an abandoned farm, hoping to force him to cook synthetic heroin in order to pay off 'Familia Sin Amore', the group of vicious Bolivian drug traffickers to whom he's desperately in debt. When Toby proves unwilling, Jeff with the help of a local thug named Judge Bass, kidnaps Annette, Toby's ex-wife. The criminals hold her as security, threatening to frame Toby for her murder should he escape. The situation grows ever more tense as Toby asks for a share of the profits, Laurie disappears, Annette refuses to play the victim, and Familia... Written by anonymous

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None of the actors auditioned in the traditional sense for their roles. They were already known to the producers and casting department, and were cast based on stage performances, interviews, prior film performances, and demo reels. See more »

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Tobey: [narration] The forces that bring people together can be described, but never understood. And the resulting chemistry, whether good, bad, or indifferent, is never predictable.
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Draws you in, carries you along - weak ending
11 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We've all seen too much CSI to buy into the final scene, but this one pulls you in right from the start, and keeps unfolding, both in plot and character development. Each turn provides just enough so that you're left contemplating: what would *I* do, and on both sides of the good vs evil equation. It's just too bad that the finish was so anticlimactic.

After all of the effective tension building, and with the story poised for an interesting completion, the nicely crafted parts start to tumble to the floor. The story just runs out of steam. As the conclusion draws near, you get the impression that the writer was pressed for time. Maybe the script was due in the morning, and he was out of ideas. So we go from visceral opening scenes that are increasing engaging, building to a point were we are speculating on numerous possible avenues, (what would *I* do in this situation), to closing scenes that feel artificial, and finally campy.

I recommend skipping the last 15 minutes. That way you'll be left with a more satisfying mystery.

Incidentally, Brooke Anderson, (Laurie), reminded me a of a younger Jody Foster - or rather an older version of some of her teenage characters, back in the day. Watch her dialog delivery.


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