A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
A mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu picks up a grizzled detective who is hot on the trail of a sadistic, bloodthirsty terrorist and finds himself thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, himself unharmed, and work with his passenger while maintaining his high-class rating.
When Stu finally stands up to Richie, he walks up to him and says "My name is Stu. How do you do?" He says it the exact same way Johnny Cash says a similar line in his song "A Boy Named Sue". See more »
When Vic and Stu are supposed to be driving to Long Beach, for some reason they are using the Vincent Thomas Bridge to get there and driving away from Long Beach and toward San Pedro. See more »
[incredulous after Stu tries to guess his ethnicity]
And *I'm* the racist one?
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The closing credits appear one of the time and disappears with the same colors as the opening lines that make the opening title. See more »
Any honest review would be, likely, misleading. There ARE funny gags here and there and decent moments - but overall the narrative is clunky and coarse. Not much fits together. It's as if this was only the second draft of a project that would ultimately need five or eight drafts to be good.
The secondary characters were haphazard, and many were not at all fitted into the Big Story. Certainly no sense of an ensemble. I will avoid all potential spoilers, so let me just say that several outstanding female actors played characters who just sort of showed up, related to nothing, then moved on. That was perplexing. One Oscar winner's character in this was so obscure I honestly can't place her now. Hahaha!
Enough said without names - but that disjointed, unexplained aspect was rife throughout the movie. I'd say this movie would more accurately be a 4, but I scored upwards because they tried hard. So a "5" score is actually generous.
I actively ignored the quality of the movie, and the texture of the narrative, as one does when watching a "proof of concept draft" or a very early and rough draft. If it was bad in that passage, I just let it be bad, and breeze on by me. I didn't try to analyze it or look too closely. Doing that, half watching and half ignoring it, I was able to stay in the theater to the end. Overall, I kind of enjoyed myself, although will not be bothering with the DVD.
P.S. I like and admire the cast! Just not in this movie.
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