Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Rust Creek - 2018 Portland Film Festival Movie Review

The Movie: Rust Creek

The Director: Jen McGowan

The Cast: Hermione Corfield, Micah Hauptman, Daniel R. Hill, Denise Dal Vera, Jeremy Glazer, Jake Kidwell, Jay Paulson, Sean O'Bryan

The Story: An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview. A wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest.

The Review:
You've seen this before right? Young woman gets lost in the backwoods and has to fight for survival against some not so nice people. Sure, that's the basic idea, but director Jen McGowan takes the proceedings in a decidedly different direction and installs a more subdued and subtle approach to the material. This isn't a blood filled horror extravaganza like you might expect, it's more of a dramatic thriller that will keep you guessing with twists and turns from beginning to end.

Hermione Corfield plays Sawyer, the lead role and heroine of the story, a college senior who finds herself off track in more ways than one and ends up in a very dangerous situation. It was interesting to see her navigate through the story in a very mindful way, always understanding where she was at and what she needed to do without every compromising who she was as a person. That being said, Sawyer was also more than ready to fight her way out of  a jam when needed which really allowed Corfield to create one of the more well rounded characters I have seen from this type of film.

Rust Creek is a very well thought out drama that falls somewhere in the realm of Winter's Bone with a tiny bit of  Revenge thrown in to keep things interesting. Director Jen McGowan seemed to know exactly what type of film she wanted to make and kept a very consistent tone that avoids exploitation and maintains the integrity of the lead character. Strong effort all the way around from a mostly female driven production. This is what we need right now.

Rust Creek is an official selection of the 2018 Portland Film Festival.

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