Enter Nowhere (2011)
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Limited locale puts extra reliance on the cast and they deliver solidly. Special credit though goes to Sara Paxton, who so impressed in "The Innkeepers", as the petty thief skirting the edge of control.
For an obvious work of limited resources, "Enter Nowhere" makes excellent use of them all to come up with one of the better small films I've seen in a while.
I came across this title by pure chance. I half read one review that mentioned "Lost" and Twilight Zone" and was sold.
This movie comes across as very low budget I guess $1.7 mil is low budget these days. But don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with low budget...you know the old cliché'. "It's not how big it is it's what you can do with it that really matters." The movie is mostly shot in one ominous location which gives it a very claustrophobic and tense atmosphere. For the first half of this movie I had no idea what to expect. I was anticipating another horror fest but am happy to report it's nothing like that. About half way through the movie the characters begin to realize how they are all connected. When you find out how, it's a bit of a goose bump moment.
I really dug the moral of the story which is basically how one terrible decision can change not only your life but of those around you in such profoundly life altering ways.
The acting was pretty good, complete unknowns to me but that's a plus in this case. The script felt tight and real. While some may have to considerably suspend their disbelief I felt the premise really worked here.
Highly recommended for anyone into metaphysical contemplation.
"Enter Nowhere" has you guessing from the very beginning. The further the movie progresses the more you want to know what the hell is going on. Me and my friends made many attempts at guessing what was going on with zero success. The film does a very good job staying unpredictable and extremely entertaining.
Overall this movie was just 100% great. The plot, characters, and most of the acting was excellent. The only negative thing I can say about this film is that Scott Eastwood's acting was fairly horrendous, he obviously doesn't take after his father.
Definitely check this one out, it is well worth the watch.
I won't give away the progress basic story. Some of it they telegraphed by the vehicles and clothes, enough for me to organize the basic story. But it was fun and imaginative, a good blend of creepy and yet not too creepy. If special effects and buckets of blood aren't your thing then you will probably enjoy it.
So give it a shot if your a die hard genre fan like me and are into strange supernatural horror. There isn't a ton of gore in this film, its more of a cerebral supernatural thriller which is good every once in awhile. I have no idea why this movie is rated so low here, but I'm not surprised. Truth be told, its a solid 7.
I gave this 9 stars to help give it a push out of the hole its in. It does great with the small budget it had. Good production, convincing actors, and an overall intelligent story. I won't stick my neck out and say cult classic like another reviewer here, but definitely a great way to kill an hour and a half and definitely an excellent low budget horror film.
Hell, Id have even paid for it!
Things become more bizarre when the three begin to talk and are sure the cabin they are stuck in is in different geographical US states. It seems they were hundreds of miles apart from each other and had traveled only for a little time and yet they've reached each other at this cabin! It's geographically impossible. They must be 100s of miles apart. So in which US state is this cabin exactly? How have they reached each other without traveling for days?
Odder still they each believe the year is different. One character says it is 1962, while the other says it's 1985 and for the third it 2011!Frankly, this is an excellent, unknown, bizarre yet entertaining movie!
The story is brand new and not a rehash of old stuff one has seen countless times.
The starting itself is strong and happenings unpredictable, and the ending is a major twist that one will not see coming from miles away.
It's emotional, and for the running time I felt like I was trapped in the bizarre situation along with the characters. As a writer I tried to think what was happening and predict the end and yet it left me baffled, bamboozled and bowled over!
It's claustrophobic and tense. A rare 'locked-room' thriller, limited characters, limited locations and limited budgets but not limited in imagination, ideas, and writing.
** 1/2 out of ****
As for the rest,it is above average fantasy stuff:only four characters -the latter appearing late in the story-,and interest is sustained throughout ;little by little ,clues are given to the viewer,who will not be able to guess the ins and outs of the question until the writers reveal the whole truth.
The stand- out is Sam Wasterton's daughter ,who looks like the all-American-girl-of-long-ago actress ,the likes of Teresa Wright or Cathy O'Donnell;her old-fashioned clothes are a vital clue.But I will not spoil your pleasure any longer.
It is noteworthy that the screenwriters give their characters substance ;they are not in here to be killed (or get laid)every fifteen minutes à la "Final Destination" .
Not epic film making but an entertaining story that is short and tight. Production value is low due to the budget and has some amateurish cgi. Acting is so so and in particular Katherine Waterston overacts in her scenes. Overall a neat little story that is both entertaining and immediately forgettable.
I'm not much for perfect analytical reviews, and truth be told I still don't understand every single anomaly of this movie. It was good, kept you wondering throughout (in fact I had to rewind a few cool parts just to hear the dialog again, or see certain parts again to reiterate some stuff in my head).
Three strangers all in their mid to late 20's appear to be lost or stranded and happen mysteriously onto a cabin seemingly in the middle of nowhere. From the get go, things don't make a lot of sense - but that being said, something about the film makes you not want to change the channel and see just exactly what is happening next.
First off - Samantha (Katherine Waterston) will just have you crushing on her as the film goes on. I don't know what it is - maybe it is her soft, laid back, emotionally friendly demeanor - not to mention her conservative but very cute looks, hair, and face. She is a new wife who claims to be pregnant and her husband went off to look for help after their car ran out of gas. She wanders into the cabin after it is apparent her husband never comes back. Later in the film (spoilers), we find out she is from 1962 and was headed to New Hampshire to visit her parents-in-law.
Sarah Paxton annoys me at first but her character grows on you throughout the film, and she comes around to be concerned and passionate. Sarah was a junkie who her and her boyfriend robbed stores and have even killed people. Sarah then wanders onto the cabin after her boyfriend drops her off in the middle of nowhere. We later find out Sarah was from 1985, and she thought she was heading thru the Wisconsin-area while en route to another state.
Scott Eastwood is the late 20's guy who keeps everything together with the teamwork and eventually figures out what is going on and how they all can change their own futures. His acting is very good, solid. We later find out Scott is from the current times (2011), but he is steadfast that he thought he was in South Dakota.
3 different people, all from seemingly different time eras, all believing they are in a specific area different from the other. Later it becomes apparent they were all (in some science fiction or "time travel" realm) brought together to find out they are three generations of family who meet tragic or early endings, and it becomes up to them to become the product of the future, or try to create new endings for themselves. Much of it has to do with HANS (we find out he is Samantha's father, who she presumed died in a bombing strike), the German patriarch of all three of them - who depending on whether he dies or survives the German bombing strike (we then assume this Cabin is somewhere in either in Germany or Poland in the late 30s or early 40's), can change all of their courses of history.
At the very end, its kinda confusing - it seems to take place in the mid to late 80s. We don't really know what happens to Scott (or if he is eventually born in the mid 80's. Assuming both Samantha and Sarah survive, perhaps Scott is indeed born but may turn out slightly different), and it seems Sarah in this dimension has her life turned around (she originally was supposed to die by execution for all of the murders), and both her and Samantha (her mother, who originally was supposed to die giving birth to Sarah in late 1962) assumably survive and do not die young like their original fate was.
The movie concludes with "some other girl" robbing the gas station with Sara's boyfriend, so we assume she then becomes part of the paradox and will be transported to the 'cabin scenario" to perhaps put her thru that hell to eventually turn her life around. This mysterious gas station (based on what the clerk says at the beginning, and also the very last lines of the film) is a big key to the movie - almost like a 'portal' to some other dimension and this is how these three main people came to all be together - from different eras and areas of the country - for one main purpose.
One thing that is never explained (unless I missed it) is how Samantha and Scott are brought into the 'paradox.' We only see the parable of the movie from how Sara Paxton is brought into the paradox. Maybe it just doesn't matter.
The movie can be a bit confusing, but is enjoyable, and will probably make more sense than this review (again though, the movie is rooted in science fiction or fictitious drama). Give it a try. Samantha's character is so beautiful, too.
As the others explained this film got 9 from 10 on me. Because it's kinda great with that "low budget".
I guess what's making this film is that "low budget". Acting is very professional. Well maybe there could be some subtitle in the "other language" part. And maybe "the time buble" thing can be a little bit explained but that's OK.
I bet if you watch these film you ll come and write a review about it as i did.
The first part where we get acquainted with the characters and the mysterious surroundings is well paced and atmospheric, as is the middle part where the pieces of the puzzle start getting revealed. The acting is rather good as well.
What doesn't let the film become a real surprise is the last part, where we learn the purpose of the protagonists' presence in the woods. It's a little underwhelming, the fourth character seems a bit out of place, and the whole affair, especially the very ending, is rather cheesy.
A much better film than you might expect from a low budget thriller, it's entertaining but missing that one extra good idea that would make it a memorable exception.
Funny that at least one other reviewer mentioned The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, because that is EXACTLY what I thought while watching. There was no gore to speak of, and no frights in the conventional sense. It just drew me in and made me want to watch it until the end.
The one complaint I have that prevented me from rating this movie higher is all the gratuitous and rather tedious chase scenes through the woods. That was a whole LOT of filler, in my opinion. 15 minutes, at least, could easily have been trimmed from this movie and it would have made for a tighter, more interesting experience for the viewer. But then, maybe the result would not have been long enough for a "feature film." Still, I would recommend this movie for anyone who wants something fun, intriguing, and thought-provoking.
This film is simple yet effective. I was shocked when I realized the budget was so low for such great production quality. With an airtight plot and solid acting this film is an instant hit. The story will offer clues and hints along the way that will come together in the end. I would not call this a horror but a thriller/suspense but its very effective. There is some aspects of this movie that reminds me of previous TV shows and movies but this one takes all those plot points and combines it into a solid gem. If this film is not on your watch list I suggest you put it on TOP!!!
Negatives: There were a few cheap effects (understandable given the low budget) such as the plane and bombs. A touch of discontinuity in camera angles and between scenes and locations that affected the flow of the story. A different title might have helped. A deeper discussion of time-space alteration or lives fated by a superior someone would have been interesting.
Positives: Anyway, I thought it to be an original, creatively written script. The casting and music were spot on. The dialogue and actors' portrayals were naturalistic, intelligent and intense. The Pac-Man analogy was great. Above all was the manner in which the story was presented so that the audience was a participant in the discovery process at the same time as the characters. And, to anyone who figured out what was going on before the characters did, deserves a pat on the back. If you liked the problem solving in this movie I suggest looking at similar paradox, "The Caller".
If you haven't seen the movie I wouldn't read any spoilers, but pay close attention to the opening scenes.