Scraps of potential leavened into a largely mediocre affair
I want to say, right off the bat, that I went into this film with tremendous goodwill. I had no expectations beyond expecting a low-budget supernatural/monster thriller, grateful that it wasn't following the modern trend of French torture flicks.
Sadly, I found this to be mediocre, largely as a result of the confused storyline & the uneven behavior of the characters. There is a subplot involving a murderous escaped prisoner that ultimately proves to be a needless & ineffective attempt to raise the stakes in a survivalist horror scenario that could have been just as effective without it. It's described as a mixture of Tremors, The Evil Dead & The Thing; this film has nothing in common with this last reference point. Rather, the 3rd film I'd throw in would be The Hitcher, the ill- fitting incorporation already described above.
Somewhat frustratingly, the most well-developed & empathetic character becomes incapacitated rather early on. I've nothing against a film pulling a Psycho, but it's an unwise decision when you incapacitate the best actor in your film. The remaining actors appear to replace character arcs with sudden, inexplicable mood swings.
I don't want to end this on a negative note, though. This film disappointed me in a way that made me want to know more about the filmmakers (as opposed to simply throw my hands in the air). I really wish there were DVD interviews with the director Philippe Robert. I'd like to know more about the people involved, their intents & influences. Mr. Robert shows potential.
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