Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Time: 1 hr. 43 minutes
The only spoiler for this movie is that the title is never mentioned in the movie. This movie is billed as a thriller and it is. John Goodman, a favorite of mine, plays a paranoid survivalist who rescues a woman who is leaving an abusive relationship and a former track star.
The acting of all of the players is very well done. Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character is a woman who runs away from confrontation and John Gallagher Jr. plays a former track star who waste his life by avoiding going to college because of his fear of failure. Mix these two people with a survivalist who is convinced that the world is experiencing Armeggedon and you have a film that will keep you on the edge. Are his fears real or are they a part of his paranoid mentality? You’ll have to watch for yourself.
Dan Trachtenberg’s direction reminds me a bit of M. Knight Shamalan’s in that they both use minimalism in their films. They both get to the bare bones of the story and limit the amount of characters. They use tension, and other emotions, to move the film forward. Unlike some of Shamalan’s films, however, Trachtenberg manages to not drag out scenes. Trachtenberg also uses some subtle touches of humor in his story. This is found in the trailer below. As for a rating, I would give this a four stars out of five because even though the film was good, it is the type of story that should be viewed maybe every few months so that it retains its “freshness” when you watch it again.
This film is also available on Blu-Ray.