Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wind Chill (2007)

Wind Chill (USA, 2007) - Color, Director(s): Gregory Jacobs
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 91 min.

Z-rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Bear with me as I am writing this review from memory. The first time I saw this movie was on Netflix when it was available on their Play Now selection. What I really liked about this movie was that it didn't need to be heavy on the gore to keep my attention. This was more of a slow burn suspense film that had me thinking it might've been a possible stalker/slasher toward the beginning but then turns out to be a supernatural thriller. The movie starts with two kids sharing a ride home from college, apparently hooking up through some ride sharing program at school. They make idle chit chat at one another until the girl realizes the guy isn't really from where he says he's from. As it turns out, he's just some geek that had a crush on her and overheard that she was looking for a ride home. He liked her so much, he decided to put his contact info up on the board. (Come on, who HASN'T done something crazy like this to impress a girl?)

So right when the car breaks down, and the guy starts acting suspicious, I immediately thought that he was going to be some psycho that stalks her from outside of the car or something. As the story unfolds a little more, we begin to see that the guy has good intentions and is not the antagonist. After the initial trust issues are overcome, our main characters become aware that something strange is going on and start working together a little more. Aside from the blistering cold, they're getting a little harassment in the form of a spectral police officer that was known to pull people over on this stretch of highway and do unspeakable things to them... when he was still alive. (Apparently he too has since perished) Movies usually only stand out to me if they contain an outrageous amount of nudity or gore. What I liked best about this movie was the simplicity in its execution, the entire movie is essentially two people in a car, but it still really stands out in my head despite the lack of nudity or gore.

Nudity: None.

Gore: There was a little blood in the movie but nothing too visceral.

Awesome: Not a movie that I would call awesome. What really stands out to me about this movie is the fact that this is one of the few good American films that didn't have to be ultra-violent or a Japanese remake to stand out to me. This film still managed to impress despite its slow pace and the lack of any flashy, gory, or sexy elements. I was really able to get into this movie and that is a sign of good storytelling. This film had such a strong base that it didn't need all the extra dressings and whatnot. Good movie to throw on for a thinking crowd that might not be into senseless violence as much.