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Scenic Route (2013)

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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.


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Credited cast:
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Silva Michael Silva ... Conference Businessman


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.

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There is no turning back


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Rated R for language, some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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The character "Old Man in Car" is played by Peter Michael Goetz, father of directors Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz (The Goetz Brothers). See more »


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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.201 (2013) See more »


Written and performed by Herman Beeftink
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6 December 2013 | by bob-rutzel-1See all my reviews

Mitchell (Josh Duhmel) and Carter (Dan Fogler) are life-long friends who take a "scenic route" through a desert in a old pick-up. Carter chose the road so he and Mitchell can catch up on things because they haven't talked much since Mitchell got married. Then the pick-up dies and things get hostile between them. And, to make matters worse they seem to be the only ones on this road. Carter does mention, later on, that the road may have been closed, but he wasn't too sure about that.

This isn't for everyone. There is no CGI, explosions, shootings or a large cast. Just the two of them arguing, for the most part, but they pull it off. You are not bored. You are riveted to your seat to see how this plays out and , of course, you hope for the best. The writing. pacing and the acting performances hold you because you don't know what will come next from either one.

They argue about life decisions that each has against the other because they know each other so well since they were kids. Each continues to argue and expound on what the other should have done in the first place. Then they come to blows. Hey, it was just a matter of time.

And, yes, there is the possibility that one or both may die on that lonely road. They have nothing to eat or drink and there are no cell phone bars. It just doesn't look good.

All in all, Josh Duhmel and Dan Fogler do outstanding and believable jobs. Kudos. Oscars? Hmmm……………

Again, this is not for everyone, and there is a surprise ending. (7/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: Yes, briefly in flashbacks. Language: Yes, not too much though.

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23 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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Midland, California, USA See more »


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