Despite some occasional wooden acting performances by supporting role actors, this directorial debut from Highland Park-based Philip S. Plowden is strong mostly thanks to a stunning performance by actress Celeste Cooper as Mel. Cooper plays a black woman endurance athlete who is forced to fight and eventually kill for survival when her long distance trail run takes a deadly twist following and encounter with two hapless ex convicts in a convoluted plot involving county lines drug deal gone wrong. Perhaps the most interesting plot line is the flashbacks to a young girl on tue track being pushed to her limits by an ex marine coach who's ashes are eventually scattered in the present time woods mirroring the same scattering of cocaine that takes the story to a darker place. This movie is not horror, thriller nor comedy but contains elements of all these genres to produce a compelling and intelligent script which is credible. Expect great things to come from Cooper and Plowden hopefully in future collaborations. An underlying dramatic score keeps the tension building as various scenarios are played out in downstate Carbondale woodlands including the Shawnee National Forest providing a sufficiently eerie backdrop.
A woman thru-hiking an isolated trail runs into trouble when her pack is hijacked by two men hiding out in the woods, desperate and on the run. Now, stranded and left to fend for herself, ...
September 10, 2020