29 October 2014

DON'T BLINK

DON'T BLINK

Working Title:
Last Stop

USA, 2014
Director: Travis Oates

7/10








It might be unfair of me to give this movie such a high rating because it's pretty flawed, it often feels as if it might be unfinished, and at times, it seems as if the filmmakers involved didn't care about putting too much thought into a proper ending. However, the greater part of the movie impressed me so damn much, I couldn't help giving it a 7/10.

The feature debut of Travis Oates follows 10 people arriving at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. While seeking shelter and searching for other people, they fall victim to an unknown force, and one by one, they start to disappear without trace...


"Don't Blink" reminded me a lot of time-paradox films like "Triangle" or this year's fascinating "Mine Games", maybe combined with themes from plot-twist-classics like "Identity" or "Ten Little Indians", and for quite some time, it actually looks like the movie builds up to a satisfying climax, maybe some major surprise ending that explains everything. [SPOILER] Unfortunately, the movie ends in the most frustrating way imaginable: no ending, no clarification,
no explanation, no nothing. Meh.

Now why do I still give it such a high rating? Well, on the one hand, it's a very well made movie, fabulously paced and developed, superbly directed and excellently filmed by Jayson Crothers ("Coldwater") who delivers some breathtaking camera work, including great use of cool camera angles, splendid camera tricks and at least one amazing round shot where the camera moves around our main characters standing around, not noticing that one of them suddenly disappears.


On the other hand, the whole disappearance-thing... as frustrating as the non-ending may be, it's at least highly thought-provoking and allows your mind to come up with certain super-wild interpretations and theories that could explain it all, like time travel, dimension hopping, apocalypse, rapture etc. Within the last 10 minutes, I noticed several elements related to loneliness, solitude and outsiderdom, elements that could lead to a theory nowhere mentioned on any of the Imdb explanation-threads. I won't reveal anymore about
this theory (wanna talk about it? shoot me an email), but I assure you, it made enough sense to satisfy me.

Most of the acting is great, especially  the intense performances from Zack Ward, Joanne Kelly and Brian Austin Green. Mena Suvari is neat as always, though sadly, she's in for only about half an hour. Also, some decent gore, a beautiful, slightly Bernard-Herrman-esque score by Mike Verta ("Ultra Galaxy Legends") and some fantastic editing (Lana Wolverton).
Overall, a flawed but highly interesting movie. Recommended only to fans of the above-mentioned movies.

Imdb

Thanks to Zack Ward as well as to Kelly Williams (Greenleaf + Associates) for the screeners!

4 comments:

  1. Hmmmm...not sure - like the idea - but...I like endings, too...

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  2. I don't get this movie! Where do they go? Why do they disappear? Explain it to me.

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    1. I just watched the movie on demand and was also very frustrated in the ending. I saw an interview online with Travis that he'd fill in the gaps of the various clues he provided. Love to hear those gaps filled in.

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