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Scenic Route -- Stranded on an isolated desert road, two life-long friends fight for survival as their already strained relationship spirals into knife-wielding madness.
Scenic Route -- Mitchell and Carter, life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and ultimately knife-wielding madness, and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or death struggle.
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Writer (WGA):
Kyle Killen (written by)
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Release Date:
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Tensions rise between lifelong friends Mitchell and Carter after their truck breaks down on an isolated desert road as they start to attack each other's life decisions with unwavering brutality. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Josh Duhamel ... Mitchell

Dan Fogler ... Carter

Peter Michael Goetz ... Old Man in Car

Christie Burson ... Annie

Jamie Donovan ... Tow Truck Driver

Miracle Laurie ... Joanne
Ethan Maher ... Cole

Directed by
Kevin Goetz 
Michael Goetz 
Writing credits
Kyle Killen (written by)

Produced by
Ami Armstrong .... co-producer
Scott Freeman .... producer
Paul Green .... executive producer
Brion Hambel .... producer
Paul Jensen .... producer
Keith Redmon .... executive producer
Luke Rivett .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Einziger 
Cinematography by
Sean O'Dea 
Film Editing by
Kindra Marra 
Casting by
Jennifer Cooper 
Production Design by
Elizabeth J. Jones 
Art Direction by
Sean Preston 
Costume Design by
Sheila Hume 
Makeup Department
Brian Kinney .... makeup department head
Sara Robey .... makeup artist
Maia Wagle .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Chad Rosen .... unit production manager
Michelle Sullivan .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cristi Rickey .... second assistant director
Chad Rosen .... first assistant director
Art Department
Casey Lain Baker .... property master
Lance Laspina .... storyboard artist
D.J. Theriot .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Charles de Montebello .... adr recordist
Gabriel Fragoso .... boom operator
Brandon Huus .... boom operator
Vicki Lemar .... sound re-recording mixer
Carrie Sheldon .... sound mixer
Alex van Haaff .... sound effects editor
Tareek Young .... boom operator
Rachel Corrales .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Thomas McVay .... visual effects artist
Jessica Roberts .... assistant post production supervisor
Geno Tazioli .... account executive
Mark Kubr .... stunt coordinator
J. Travis Merendino .... stunt double: Josh Duhamel (as Travis Merindino)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Carroll .... best boy electric
Bret Cole .... best boy grip
Dan Coplan .... steadicam operator
Liam Kibbutz .... rigging chief lighting technician
David A. Kramer .... key grip
Paul Mocey-Hanton .... digital imaging technician
Manuel Rojas .... steadicam operator
Joe Shamel .... assistant camera
Casey Slade .... "a" dolly grip
Casey Slade .... key grip
Luigi Ventura .... first assistant camera
Justin Paul Warren .... digital imaging technician
Casting Department
Lindsay Jameyson .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Meredith .... assistant costume designer
Glinda Suarez .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Spencer Houck .... title design
Donovan Kosters .... dcp mastering
Jessica Roberts .... conform editor
Jessica Roberts .... post production supervisor
Michelle Sullivan .... assistant editor
Joe Zappia .... assistant editor
Music Department
Rebecca Rienks .... music supervisor
Other crew
Sarah Bjerklie .... production coordinator
Adam C. Black .... production assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Jim Dobson .... publicist
Tim McDuffee .... production assistant
Kristina Perez .... script supervisor
Jeffrey Totten .... production staff
Matt Cook .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, some violence and a scene of sexuality
82 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Mitchell:Are you telling me that you're not at all suspicious that things have gone so smoothly?
Carter:Suspicious? No, I'm stunned, I'm impressed. But I'm not suspicious.
Mitchell:Well, maybe you should be. I mean, think about it, things could be just a little too good to be true, you know what I mean?
Carter:Believe me, if I was making this up, there would be a lot more lottery winning and super models.
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References Taxi Driver (1976)See more »
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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Damn good, 24 July 2013
Author: preemptiveselfdefense from SLO, CA

This was a great movie. Dan Fogler in a drama threw me but I've always liked the other guy, even though he usually does rom-com stuff that doesn't appeal to me. Very good all around. Plot summary bears some similarities to Gerry, I think it was called (Matt Damon, Casey Affleck) but waaaay less boring. A couple times during the film I thought I had sorta "figured it out" and decided I wasn't liking it, but w/in 10mins it changed my mind again. Being fundamentally a one-setting movie wasn't a problem/didn't get bored. The actors carry this thing very well and are very believable. I'm not one of those people (and damn, there's sooo many) that try and like "solve" movies while they're watching them. I don't wonder whether the butler did it or not because I'm still watching the movie and why spoil it for myself? I did slightly anticipate a few things but only a minute or two before events would unfold. It will trick you, shock you, impress you, do all the good things a good movie should. I did find the initial dialogue/argument that kicks things off slightly forced on Foglers part but oh well, didn't know the characters yet. Makes sense in retrospect. The ending was great for me. Thought it wasn't going to sit well but Josh Duhamel sells it just w/the look in his eyes (I feel somewhat lame saying that but it's true). Many who got all booty-hurt about Inception will pop up again after this but I think it ended just right, which is a rare enough thing these days (as is being well done and at times surprising. And a relatively fresh idea to boot). I feel that this movie wants you to get some perspective and appreciate your life and what you have, since many of us get stuck thinking about what we lack (quite natural given the pain in the posterior that life is for most people). You should watch it. Definitely worth your time

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