Sunday, April 12, 2009

Shuttle or Never Trust Shuttle Drivers

Shuttle 2008
Director: Edward Anderson
Writer: Edward Anderson
Starring Tony Curran, Peyton List and Cameron Goodman

There seem to be a lot of films made today about a seemingly ordinary and mundane situation that quickly turns horribly awry. Be it answering a pay phone ala Phonebooth or helping someone in distress ala the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Now you can add taking an airport shuttle to this ever growing list. Shuttle takes one of the most mundane things you do at an airport and turns it on it head and makes you think twice about airport shuttle drivers from that moment on.
The plot consists of 2 girlfriends Mel (Peyton List) and Jules (Cameron Goodman) just getting off a flight from a last fling vacation in Mexico before Mel gets married and they are having trouble finding a airport shuttle when a driver (Tony Curran) shows up and offers them a great deal for transportation, they take him up and get 2 young men to join them and they start out on their way. But soon after that the trip turns into a descent into hell, as they are forced to chin themselves up and do whatever mad whim pops up in the drivers head. It just gets worse from there, but I won't spoil the ending as there are some major twists in the movie that you should experience rather than be told.
This was a tight little horror suspense film. The direction by Anderson was top notch and the writing was solid as well, as you really got a good feel for the characters. All the acting was top notch too especially Curran and List. Curran really brought menace to the role and List were a strong female protagonist who still had moments of weakness that worked well within her characters journey. The effects were done well here as well, nothing too flashy but still done well. It also had a muted lighting scheme which almost made the film black and white which worked really well for the starkness of the subject matter. As I mentioned before there are two big twists in the movie, the first one happens at the halfway point and I did not see it coming at all. The twist towards the end after watching the film I could see coming but still was enjoyable. This is definitely a good suspense thriller that is well worth checking out and I think horror fans will quite enjoy this one just as I did.

This one gets 4 out of 5

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