In the spirit of “The Hitchhiker” this film starts out with a stranger on a lonely road who needs a ride. Even though this one is a burly blonde male model of sorts needing something from the woman driver, it’s a similar thing going on.

Curve (2015)
R | 1h 21min | Horror, Thriller | 19 January 2016 (USA)

A young woman becomes trapped in her car after a hitchhiker causes her to have an automobile accident.
Director: Iain Softley
Writers: Kimberly Lofstrom Johnson (story), Kimberly Lofstrom Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears, Penelope Mitchell

The director is a British guy, Iain Softley, who’s notable works include “KPax.” He does a decent job here setting up the psychological torment of the woman at the hands of this stranger.

Much of the film takes place in the toppled car. I would imagine this would require a lot of directing. It’s a very physically acted film. Some of the writing could be improved upon, though I enjoyed every minute of this film. As a whole, the end scenes are gratifying, definitely giving us some much earned vengeance play. I would recommend this film as a simple but fun “held captive” film. I give it 7/10.

Author: Damien Riley

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