Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Enter Nowhere (2011)
Enter Nowhere has three bad things going for it: 1. It most definitely is not a horror film even though it is heavily marketed and categorized as one. 2. It's not even a serviceable thriller as it's about as suspenseful as your Aunt Edna's inevitable holiday fruitcake and 3. It's a poorly titled film in that, well, it goes nowhere.
Rising genre star Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers) plays Jody, a drifter who gets lost while driving along a country route to meet up with her equally useless boyfriend. Her car is run off the side of the road and becomes immobile when it gets stuck in a ditch. Seeking help, she comes across what seems to be a deserted cabin but quickly finds that someone else has taken up temporary residence there.
The young man who's currently calling the place home, tells her that he was on a cross country trek to meet up with some friends and became stranded. At first, Jody is cautious but she eventually believes the man and his story. Together, they're not sure what to do or where to go as, well, there's that title again: they're in the middle of nowhere.
Things become all the more weird when another young woman joins the group, her car broken down and in need of some service. The three find it odd that they have all come together under similar circumstances (i.e. traveling across country to meet someone) but aside from that, don't make any plans to venture out beyond the confines of this small cabin. Things slowly, and I mean S-L-O-W-L-Y begin to reveal themselves as we see that all three of these people are from a different era through both articles of clothing and from events that are discussed.
Eventually, the past and future collide and one super convoluted reveal occurs in which the relationships between all three characters come to light. It's clunky, it's confusing, and mostly, it doesn't make a lick of sense. What little sense is made doesn't make for a compelling feature as nothing about these characters is remotely interesting. Worse yet, the heavy usage of CGI in the final moments further dulls the film but that's something that I can get get over if the preceding moments in the film were genuinely interesting. Clearly, they were not.
Not horrifying enough to be a horror film, not suspenseful enough to be a serviceable thriller, Enter Nowhere instead plays like a really bad episode of the Twilight Zone. Skip. Pass. Next.
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