Saturday, August 31, 2013
I'll never understand why some terrible films get a wide release in theaters and huge marketing budgets and other much better ones that would be enjoyed by mainstream audiences only get very limited theatrical releases and virtually no marketing. This serial killer thriller based on a true story starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens has all the ingredients for an enjoyable popcorn film. We like to think evil doesn't exist, but this film proves it does. It's not ground breaking or Oscar worthy, and sure, it's a bit predictable, but it's a very enjoyable and well made film with good acting and an atmospheric setting in Anchorage, Alaska. Unfortunately for first time writer/director Scott Walker, it won't get nearly the audience it deserves. Though fortunately for us we can see it right now at home on Video on Demand.
(It should be noted this is the third enjoyable thriller starring Cusack this year that makes a quiet splash on Video on Demand. Check out 'The Factory' and the slightly less exciting but still interesting 'The Numbers Station' for more decent 2013 Cusack.)