What starts off as a fantastic tension filled ride, with ingenious cinematography, the viewer definitely gets a taste of the horror that lies ahead for the characters. Without hardly leaving their car, the close up shots of Tom and Lucy’s fearful eyes, combined with the clever sound editing truly builds a very promising and scare-driven film.
De Caestecker and Englert (daughter of acclaimed New Zealand director Jane Campion) play their roles perfectly, for what start out as a fun-loving pair, the new couple soon crumbles to the frustration of being lost in terrifying road maze, never reaching their hotel.
It is not until the introduction of the actual villain, Max, played by Allen Leech that the film takes its first disappointing dive. For until then, all the suspense and fear was built up internally for the viewer, playing on our neuroses. The psychological factor was truly the best part of the film, quickly taken away when the villain is physically introduced. What could have been an unlimited imagination of fear, now just a game of cat and mouse with some bored, but no doubt disturbed human being.
Leech’s acting doesn’t help either, with his over-the-top dramatics lessening the impact of realism we were spoilt with when it was just De Caestecker and Englert on screen.
This film deserves to be graded in two parts, considering the drastic change in pace:
From beginning -> before Max is introduced: 9/10
From when Max appears -> end: 3/10
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