December 13, 2015
Review #764: Black Rock.
Katie Aselton (Abby), Lake Bell (Lou), Kate Bosworth (Sarah), Will Bouvier (Henry), Jay Paulson (Derek), and Anslem Richardson (Alex) Directed by Katie Aselton.
Well, this is a new one. This is the first film reviewed here that actually had a Kickstarter campaign, raising $33,501, while also premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, though it did not get released theatrically until 2013, with Aselton directing the film with her husband writing the story. While I can appreciate the effort it must've taken to make the movie, the same can not be said for the actual movie itself. In the span of 80 minutes, I can't really remember any time the movie felt thrilling that wasn't just old cliches. Granted, cliched tropes can work under the right mood. With this film, I felt nothing for any of the things that happened because I felt nothing for any of these characters. The acting is okay, but it can't save a movie that tries to be edgy and original, but comes off as a laundry list of horror-thriller flicks. It's a forgettable movie, though at least the creators seemed to enjoy making it.
Overall, I give it 5 out of 10 stars.