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Despite not being completely sold on the premise, with it sounding somewhat idiotic and treading familiar ground too much, and seeing and getting tired of my fair share of bad films recently, watched 'Accident' anyway as someone who likes thriller a lot and with the cover looking intriguing.
'Accident' is sadly however yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws those films are present here, that to me was incredibly disappointing considering its potential which it doesn't do anywhere near enough with. As a film it's terrible, with a plethora of problems (huge ones too) and doesn't do enough with its potential, which was hardly small. There is next to nothing to recommend.
Lets start with the sole positive. The scenery is atmospheric.
Unfortunately, it is not done justice by the rather direct to video schlocky way it's shot and edited, it was very clear that the film was made in a rush with no care or enthusiasm.
Going on further to the negatives, the story does feel paper thin, disjointed and over-stretched and some of it feels vague, under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less suspenseful. Too many characters are too sketchy and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates.
Making the film feel bland and forgettable with not enough heart put into it. The effects are ropy at best, the sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people's reactions) and it's best not mentioning the uniformly lumbering and histrionic acting with no sense of genuine terror or care showing on anybody's faces or in their body language, it was all so what.
Dialogue can be stilted and rambling, with lots of clichés and no depth whatsoever, while the pace goes to a standstill very quickly and drags on forever with very little going on worth caring about, never recovering. Found too many the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or frightening and it was also rather dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the complete lack of tension and suspense.
Would not have minded the lack of originality (the film is extremely derivative and in a dumbed and watered down way) if the story and atmosphere were at least alright in execution, in reality they were both dreadfully done. Everything is silly, acted and written as if such a dangerous situation in reality had nothing at stake and it was too clear how it was going to end.
There are often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you shocked are far from creative or thrilling. The ending can be seen from miles away and impossible to take seriously, no matter how hard one tries.
'Accident' is completely unimaginative, very repetitive and more ridiculous than it is tense, completely failing to show any sense of horror and resorting to cheap typical genre tropes with nothing new. Some badly sagging momentum too. The direction is leaden, inexperience seems to be all over the film, and the music doesn't really fit.
Concluding, irredeemably awful. 1/10 Bethany Cox
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