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Run time: 90 min
Rating: 4.3
Genres: Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
Director: Jason Richard Miller
Writers: Jason Richard Miller, Jason Richard Miller
Stars: Parry Shen, Colton Dunn, Eddie Mui
Storyline
During a wild weekend in Las Vegas, four young friends get into trouble with a loan shark and must skip town in a hurry. But gambling problems may be the least of their worries after they get stranded in the Nevada desert. One of the guys discovers a mysterious metal fragment, then promptly goes missing during the night. When the remaining three catch up with their lost friend, there’s something different about him. As his condition worsens, the others realize that something unearthly might be stalking them in the desert. Written by Daniela Sapkar
Details:
Country: USA
Release Date: 8 November 2013 (USA)

4 Comments

  1. I really, really like sci-fi. And I don't have any problem with found footage movies. And I appreciate a well done indie on a budget. But this move is just 70 minutes of some uninteresting characters getting ready for a road trip, going on a road trip, then about 45 minutes in, they start to occasionally see or hear something weird for a second. Someone occasionally says "Did you hear/see that?", then they move on with their mundane dialog.

    The acting is good and believable, which is part of what's so sad. If this at least had poor acting, I could laugh at that. But this movie is all about portraying 70 minutes of believable found footage, then the last 20 minutes it gets good. But at that point, I don't give a damn. I bought it used at Family Video off the rental shelf for $5, only $1.50 more than renting it. It's now in my Buybacks bag of movies to get rid of.

    The **SPOILER** here is that this actually becomes a sci-fi movie at the end, after being an extremely boring found footage movie for the first hour+.

  2. I actually loved this film. It doesn't wear out it's welcome. These guys obviously had a low budget but some scenes made it look like they had seven figures. I don't even like found footage films but I genuinely enjoyed this film from beginning to end. I find that most found footage flicks fall short when it comes to having natural dialogue and reactions to what is going on but this is definitely doesn't have that problem. When you watch you feel like you're watching real people with a genuine relationship with one another rather than four people acting with forced dialogue. Is it close and counters? No, but Its a hell of a lot better than most indie films coming out these days, especially found footage. Its just a fun ride with something for everyone. There are a lot of laughs, a gross out scene or two, some genuine scares, and AWESOME special fx. The film makers obviously worked hard and did a very good job on a shoestring budget. Its something I'm going to share with my friends and it was DEFINITELY worth my time. It reminds me of a Detroit Rock City type of flick. I don't think that movie is for everybody but the people who LOVE it LOVE it and show their friends. I went from renting this one, to owning it immediately afterward. Worth a watch if you're a movie nerd who likes aliens or group adventure films.

  3. I tried to like this film, I really did. It started off well and it promised to be fun, but as it progressed, it dragged badly.

    It's an odd film in that it is almost two separate films joined together. The first half is a comedic road trip film. There were no segments in this part of the film that were done poorly, but there were just way too many segments. The bits and scenes just rambled on without going anywhere or adding to the story. This rambling did allow for some character development and set an overall tone, but I think the same result could have been had with better editing. The first half might have been actually good if it had been cut in half.

    The second half of the film (almost to the minute) becomes more serious as trouble starts to befall the group of friends. The film really falls apart in the second half. The Blair Witch style filming worked in the first half but gets silly and implausible in the second half…not to mention down right annoying as the film limps to its conclusion. There aren't as many pointless scenes in the second half, but most of them are too drawn out. The reactions and motivations of the characters seems unrealistic for the most part. Even though the phenomenon that these guys witness is the point of the movie, the script can't seem to convey any sense of awe or horror. It's almost like the writers knew they had nothing and were stretching film time to connect to the ending. The end scene, overall, is interesting, but the Blair Witch hand held camera becomes truly irritating. While the ending scenes are mildly interesting, they don't do much to answer any questions. I think the filmmakers were going for tantalizing but got unfulfilling instead.

    If I hadn't decided to write a review of this film (no one had reviewed it yet), I doubt I would have watched the whole thing. I think this might have made a good short film instead of a feature length film; maybe there's no money in making shorts.

  4. This film suffers from an identity crisis.

    Does it want to be a Road Movie or a Sci-Fi Found Footage film? The first 40 minutes or so are crammed with agonising blabbering dialogue which isn't even slightly funny…

    When the film finally gets going in the second half it is more reasonable. Good Effects, action and a few genuine shocks and scares. Shame it took 50 minutes of pain to get there…and when you finally get there, the buffoon of a director decided that is is then the camera starts to 'play up'e dialogue remains annoying and desperately banal If you have something better to be doing like paint the fence, talk to the wife, walk the dog, I'd say do those instead. Better than watching this utter waste of time.

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