Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Scenic Route

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 65% (Critics) / 61% (Audience)
Directed By: Kevin and Michael Goetz
Written By: Kyle Killen
Starring: Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler, Miracle Laurie
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Synopsis: Tensions rise between lifelong friends Mitchell and Carter after their truck breaks down on an isolated desert road as they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality.

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The Good:
When did Josh Duhamel learn to act? Because this little bit of new information completely surprised the dickens out of me. The guy did a stellar job as an unfulfilled family man on the road trip from hell with his longtime friend. Dan Fogler was also really good as the other half of this road trip. He was able to be so convincing as an emotionally needy manipulative man-child that he had me convinced that I would have probably tried to kill him if i were trapped in a car with him on a cross country trip.
The movie also throws a curveball from what the viewer assumptions of it are by becoming a pretty decent look at adult male relationships.
SCENIC ROUTE also delivered a very powerful ending that I thought shored up a lot of the weak points in the film and completely solidified my positive view of the movie.

The Bad:
In order to keep this movie’s main plot moving along the way the writer and directors needed it to there was an incredible amount of suspension of disbelief that the viewer has to deal with. These characters not acting like a couple of bumbling dipshits for about 2 minuted would have completely unraveled this entire movie.

The Ugly:
Why exactly didn’t these guys just start walking back along the road they were driving on? It was a freakin’ Interstate highway for goodness sake!

Final Verdict: While a bit farfetched in it’s basic set up and the characters behaving like only characters in a move would possibly behave, SCENIC ROUTE does benefit from two very good performances from it’s two leads and a truly thought-provoking powerful ending that makes the overall movie rise above its flaws.

Grade: B-

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