Donner Pass (2012)
Director: Elise Robertson
Donner Pass has a well-known and macabre history – the place where George Donner and his party got stuck in the winter of 1846 and were forced to resort to cannibalism to keep from starving. But what if it wasn’t just history? This movie takes a look at things in a more current setting, with a film that walks the line between creepy thriller and slasher. And for the most part, it works very well.
This is a film that you could say has a bit of a slow build. But I must encourage that you hang in there, because it does get pretty entertaining. The film start off during the classic time period of the original Donner situation. It then goes into the current times when the back-story has been wrapped up. It’s here that we are introduced to four characters. Outside of one annoying and grumpy young lady (she is meant to be that way) we have a cast that is a little awkward, but more or less likable. Also well acted characters I might add. They are heading to a get away in the woods and this of course gets all sorts of messed up when others join them. And these other kids are really annoying, arrogant, and bullies. A lot of time is then spent setting this fact up, and I admit we have times that sorta drags a little. But when people finally start dropping around the 40 minute mark things really do get rolling rather nicely.
When this starts and the kids start to get picked off and at times mutilated, the fun factor of the movie does go up. It’s from here on out when the movie walks that thriller/slasher line. There is some nice moments of gore that are CGI free (Yay!). And of course that is then when this movie starts tossing some odd curve balls at us. I was a little shocked at some of the twists and turns the movie and plot takes. Some twists work well and some just seem a little too out of nowhere. But it’s nothing that will at all hurt things to a irredeemable level. I can honestly say I enjoyed the final act a lot. It’s bloody, it’s got violence, and it tries it’s best to make you care. That is more than we can say for a great deal of movie hitting the shelves these days. So, if you are looking for a film worth a watch, I’d for sure say this movie is worth checking out.