The Traveler (2010)
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Critic Reviews for The Traveler
The film seems to be straining at times for an existentialism way outside of its grasp. This isn't Camus; it's Rod Serling by way of Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter.
Even by the questionable standards of the straight-to-video arena, The Traveler comes off as an unwatchable and thoroughly aggravating cinematic experience...
The Traveler yet another feature film with only a half-hour Twilight Zone episode materials' worth in it. That's not to say it's not worth a look, but don't expect too much.
Kilmer's coasting, but who could blame him? 15 years ago he was Batman and now he's in the wilds of Canada surrounded by local actors forced to act menacing for the director of Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy. I'd be sad too.
Audience Reviews for The Traveler
After seeing this film, I'm pretty certain we have a new front runner for the "Worst Movie I've Seen All Year" contest. I should have known a B-Horror movie, starring Val Kilmer, wouldn't be any good, but once again I was fooled by one of those clever bastards who write the descriptions on the back of the box. One a snowy Christmas Eve, a man walks into a Police station, to confess to crimes he hasn't yet committed. It sounded like a cool concept, when in actuality, it was nothing more than a waste of time. Where to begin? First off, this film is so painfully predictable, my dog knew what was coming next. The Traveler must have had no budget what-so-ever, because not only was the supporting cast a complete joke, but so was everything else! From the decrepit, falling apart, Police station to the twenty year old squad cars, and of course the miserable special effects, this film was pure shit from beginning to end. As for Val Kilmer, he was about as convincing as Tyler Perry is as the new Alex Cross. Seldom have a seen a more lazy and sloppy performance, with such a complete lack of emotion and muffled lines. I really have to wonder if the other actors could smell the manure coming off of him on the set. This film is one that never should have even been made, run away from it and never look back!
Serving primarily as proof that ideas are senselessly stolen for easy profit, here is Eastwood's High Plains Drifter raped and denuded w/o rhyme or reason, and to poor effect. A small twist is added at the end for ... LOL! ... originality, but its unsatisfactory as well as too late. Fail.
Horror chiller this is marked as LOL!! well don't go getting all excited because despite in the obvious lure of Val Kilmer this is pretty rank stuff. It actually starts off pretty well in a kind of 'Twilight Zone' type of way and I found myself liking the spooky atmosphere and light dramatics haha The cast are unknowns and to be honest abit lame but at first it just added to the charm, then Mr kilmer comes along looking bloated and bored hehe but still its OK, the problem is when the action starts and the film takes itself very seriously but unfortunately its just rather unscary and funny. The killing sequences are a joke frankly and make no real sense whilst Kilmer as the bad evil spirit is in no way threatening in the slightest, he just looks overweight and unfit. The whole thing isn't too bad set and score wise but its just not scary with a pathetic ending to the bad guy which just seems rushed or simply like they ran out of ideas haha really weak all round basically, without Kilmer it would be totally sunk.
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