The movie has its fair share of flaws but what captured my attention was issues of destiny and its attainment, religion versus science, power of suggestion and gullibility are highlighted (comparisons with Jonestown are obvious), enabling the viewer to evaluate and ponder just how easily you can get into caught up in the beliefs of a cult.
In this fairly slow-paced thriller you spend the movie in the same spot as the two leads: wondering why the cult who kidnaps them is doing what it's doing.
Worth a rental, but the pacing could put some people off.
The entire film is a build up of speeches about math and formulas about the upcoming end of days via a creepy cult out in the desert. It follows two paramedics who get kidnapped by this cult and are given the chance to 'save themselves' from a lot of pain in the next few weeks. Sound interesting? It did to me so I gave it a chance and rented it only to be disappointed. One of my buddies I was watching it with - as soon as it ended - turned to me and said, "I've never seen a movie where nothing happens". And it's the truth - nothing happenes until the last 15 minutes and even they aren't that great.
The 'twist' ending I - unfortunately - saw coming which made the movie feel even more useless for me. Director Daniel Myrick -one half of the directing team behind the huge hit "The Blair Witch Project" - gives us a boring film with too much story and not enough action or at least movement.
The other half of the directing team of "The Blair Witch Project" - Eduardo Sanchez - put out a film straight to DVD in 2006 entitled "Altered" which is a far better film.
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[color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][size=4] From one of the directors that created [i]The Blair Witch Project[/i], this is an entertaining independent film. I appreciated the ending because the plot itself really did a good job of keeping me ?in reality? with the main character. The atmosphere of the ?Heaven?s Gate? style cult works well, although it does leave a few things unexplained and kind of just hanging there. The effects are pretty good. The music wasn?t bad, but was nothing special. The actors are very good. All said and done, this is worth a viewing for sure.[/size][/font][/color]
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[font='Times New Roman'][size=4][color=#000000]Notes: HV-HL-HN Suggested Age: 16+[/color][/size][/font]