I don't watch too many suspense action movies, but I really enjoyed this movie.
It was easy-to get drawn-in and it doesn’t lose its pace from start to end.
The plot unfolds with life, suspense, and action being presented at a brisk pace, but without being excessive. Still, it felt authentic, and it keeps you rooting for the good guy or central character, Donna, (although “good” quickly devolves into a very relative standard!).
“Donna” (Emmanuelle Chriqui), runs a remote bed and breakfast with few customers. She is a very strong character and makes the movie interesting in how she copes with a corrupt and really sleezy sheriff (JR Bourne), and then two new guests.
- First is an ex-con (Sam Trammell) who seems likable at first, but turns out to be there just to recover a past treasure. He also has a wrinkle in his past that is adds an emotional twist to the plot.
- Next is an older villain (Jim Beaver) who looks like a bad guy and proves just how evil he is very quickly after arrival.
- Finally, the counterpoint to these characters, is Donna’s son Jimmy (Conner McVickers). He is a symbol of innocence; and a nice son who helps his mother with the b-n-b. He may be a bit slow-witted, but he loves his mom and understands that something may be going wrong.
All of these characters spin around Donna in a tight story that covers just a few days but includes many past refermces and events –and it is all over in the blink of an eye.
Ms Chriqui is believable and a very human character, who deals with a bizarre whirlwind situation in ways that will leave you nodding or gasping. The other actors are well matched and equally fine. Each has just the right amount of force or character to blend or contrast with Chriqui’s “Donna” at each tender, suspenseful, or action-oriented juncture. Each does a nice job of adding a different flavor to the story; and, without spoiling the plot, each seemed to get what he deserved in the end...
I will watch this movie again some time and definitely recommend it.