(es) wrote: You know, living in a tropical island, I've never one been witness to snow. Even the one time I traveled out of the country, to New Jersey to visit my uncle and his family. I remember it being colder than anything I've ever experienced before, or since, but I never actually seen snow or played in the snow. This is both a blessing and a curse, cause I don't think I'd be able to deal with how cold it can get in some places in the U.S during the summer. But it sucks in that I have to deal with the hot weather here, which can get unbearable, all the time. There should be a bit of a happy medium, where it's just the perfect temperature, neither too hot nor too cold. Anyway, this brings us to the movie that I, quite frankly, didn't know what to make of. Is it a bad movie? I don't really think I would go that far, but it's not a movie that I would call good either. It's also not average, I think it falls just slightly short of that. The film is fairly simple, this woman uses the ride share board to, duh, get a ride from this guy back home to Delaware. They 'relationship' starts out contentiously as the girl and the guy, never referred to by name, are constantly arguing for one reason or another. The guy doesn't do himself any favors when he knows things about the girl that he should have no real way of knowing unless he was pulling off some stalker-ish behavior. After stopping off at a gas station, the guy decides to take a shortcut. The girl is initially mistrustful of him, because of the behavior he has already showed. Things get even worse when their car is driven off the road and they're stranded in the middle of a very snowy road. This is when the strange(r) things start happening. First of all, however, it is revealed that the guy was actually spying on the girl's text messaging during class, which is how he knew she needed a ride, and he quickly put up a notice on the board offering a ride. He did this because it was the only way he felt he could talk to her. Once again, this helps create mistrust between the girl and the guy, as she believes he's some kind of psycho. This doesn't last long, of course, once the shit starts to hit the fan. This is where the problems immediately start, the horror in this movie is practically nonexistent and, quite frankly, nonsensical when you get right down to it. Turns out that several accidents have happened during this stretch of road. It's also revealed that there was this cop who murdered several people in this road and he threw their bodies down a ditch and/or in a cabin or something. The problem with this is the fact that there's literally no explanation as to why the ghost cop is now haunting this road, other than the fact that I, believe, he said during his death, several decades earlier, that they'll never be rid of him. That's literally all there is to explain why he's not trying to fuck over our leads. And then there's the priests that the girl, inexplicably, sees walking in the woods looking like fucking vampires or something. I don't get why these assholes appeared in this movie, I guess it was to give the movie something of a menace, since the ghost cop, despite being a serial killer, doesn't really give off the vibe of being scary or anything of the sort. There's more inexplicable scenes such as when the guy hits the ghost cop, why does he and the girl then teleport into the car and the ghost cop disappears as if nothing had ever happened. An event that neither of them actually brings up after the fact. They just go on with their lives as if they hadn't just fucking teleported to the inside of the car. I liked the film's concept in that the leads have to deal with not only surviving the elements, but also surviving supernatural beings, as it were. It's not that it was a super great concept, but it could have lead to a reasonably entertaining horror movie. That is not what we got here, sadly. The acting is solid, Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes were good here and their characters' arc, while a bit forced at times, was decent enough. I just wish the rest of the movie had a better narrative and a better reason for why shit is happening other than, quite literally, just because. I don't think this movie had the potential to be a truly great horror movie, but it had more going for it than a lot of horror movies during this era. It's just a shame that the movie doesn't really attempt to make a lick of sense when it comes to its horror. They do things just because it helps them move the story they want to tell forward, whether it was logical or not. This is ok, at best. It's certainly watchable if you've got nothing better to do for 90 minutes, but there's no real reason you should go out of your way to watch this.
(br) wrote: It's not bad- lower quality, cheaper, lazier, but not that bad. The effects seem decades older than what they really are, and the plots are either useless or meager. There are better ideas out there. Even the action sequences seem small and effortless. Still, we get to see more great actors, and the film is less silly than the previous one- but in a way, it's a bit stupid.