College student Holly Teller (Elisabeth Harnois) is drawn to the mysterious small town of Riddle, Pennsylvania in search of her missing brother. Against the will of the local Sheriff (Val ... See full summary »
Four friends travel to a lakeside cabin for a carefree weekend, the fun turns into a nightmare when 3 of them end up locked in a hot sauna. Every minute counts and every degree matters as they fight for their lives in the heat up to 247°F.
Travis Van Winkle
Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.
Robert De Niro
Bob, a cab-driving serial killer who stalks his prey on the city streets alongside his reluctant protégé Tim, who must make a life or death choice between following in Bob's footsteps or breaking free from his captor.
Every once in a while, a surprise comes along which blows me away. This was one of them.
With the small budget, it's unsurprising that this flick received little or no advertising, so when this was given to me, I'd rightfully never even heard of it.
The problem with most superhero films - especially trash like Wolverine
is that the belief is: known stars, big explosions, CGI, expensive
sets, and money, money, money thrown around like cheap confetti will make a highly entertaining 90 minutes.
What the writer here understood, is that CONCEPT truly is king, and was able to create a compelling screenplay with none of the above.
So, no Jackman, no millions, but a sound thriller which takes the superhero formula and shows the big boys that well-crafted characters and a good plot are - SURPRISE! - the key ingredients to a good film.
I could now go on about how the fights were a little bit of a let-down, and how I'd have liked to have known for sure that a couple of the villains were really killed and wouldn't be getting up again after a nap, or even how the budget forced certain effects to have less impact, but none of these detract from the story or the end result: a solid 90 minutes of entertainment. Recommended.
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