Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
ELSEWHERE (2009). Written and directed by Nathan Hope.
Sarah (Anna Kendrick), a "nice girl" in Goshen, Indiana, is friends with "bad girl" Jillian (Tania Raymonde). When the latter disappears after a leaving a frantic phone message, Sarah is determined to find her with the help of her nerdy friend, Jasper (Chuck Carter). Although there are a couple of good scares in Elsewhere, for the most part it's slow, a bit dull and predictable, and hasn't much style to speak of. The film does boast some good acting, however, from the aforementioned Raymonde and Carter, as well as from Olivia Dawn York as Darla, and Jon Gries as her father, Mr. Tod. The film may hold your attention but it doesn't build to a big enough pay off.
Verdict: Not the nail-biter it should have been. **1/2.