Surprisingly in some ways, "Curve" wasn't that bad. In fact, it was more than not bad. It was a pretty decent movie. Calling it a thriller or a horror movie is a bit of an exaggeration. It's reasonably suspenseful all the way through but there are a lot of pretty dry periods where nothing much happens. In fact, the bulk of the movie really focuses on Mallory's fight for survival. She (played by Julianne Hough) has given a ride to Christian (Teddy Sears) - a stranger who turns out to be a psychopath. No surprise there, of course. It's what moves the story forward. But after a struggle between the two Mallory's car crashes, ejecting Christian but pinning Mallory by her leg in the car, upside down. Once that happens the movie settles into Mallory fighting to survive this impossible situation. There are flashes of "127 Hours" to this - but turned into a "thriller" by Christian, who's always menacingly nearby. The story becomes a bit creepier by not really establishing what Christian's motivation was. Why was he doing this? What was he hoping to gain? Maybe that's part of the horror - this guy, who can come across as completely normal, has no real agenda except that he likes to torment and torture innocent victims. Well, of course, eventually Mallory gets free from her predicament. The story then becomes quite unbelievable. Mallory moves around surprisingly well for someone whose leg has been pinned upside down for quite some time, and discovering that Christian has taken a family hostage inside their nearby cabin, Mallory seeks her revenge on him.
It's a simple story. I thought Hough and Sears (who are the only cast members of note in this) were fine in the roles. The story has the required cringe-inducing moments, but it is full of cliches and you pretty much know where the story is going long before it gets there. All things considered, though, it was easy to watch. I'd give it 6/10.