The film introduces a woman named Eve (Lucie Debay). Eve works in the construction industry and is currently overseeing a large construction job. She is now under pressure from upper management regarding her newest project. One night, while trying to sleep in her hotel, Eve decides to go out to a nearby bar instead, have a few drinks and attempt to loosen up.
While having a few drinks, she meets a man, shares a drink or two with him, and soon they go outside together. While Eve thought meeting the new gentleman in the bar would provide some fun for the night, she soon discovers something far worse. Eve is now on the run from someone who is threatening to capture and kill her. Even worse, it turns out she is not only running away from the man she just met, but a stranger who reveals himself to be working with him as a partner. Eve is now trying to stay alive.
As a film, watching a movie where the plot is about a young woman running away from a serial killer for a long duration is nothing new. However, thanks to director Vincent Paronnaud, several fresh and new film ingredients are thrown in to make this movie different. These ingredients include the horror and thriller aspects this film offers, locations, sound design and main performances.
Our leading villain and serial killer played by Arieh Worthalter was brilliant. The actor is utterly unleashed with his performance as a crazy man. I truly enjoyed what he brought to this film. Lucie Debay as Eve was also excellent. However, I cannot deny that I would have preferred a little more detail when it came to her character’s introduction. She is introduced with little to no backstory. All we know are her current challenges within her workplace.
The film’s audio track is brilliant. When Eve arrives in the woods, I loved the surround element relating to even the smallest details. The film’s pace moves along quite nicely, building up to a crazy and fun third act. At no point did the movie bore me or lose my interest.
Overall, while this type of premise may seem like another film about a woman being chased by a killer, I am pleased to say there are a few new and fresh elements. There is also several suspenseful moments and rather good performances, particularly from Arieh Worthalter who plays the insane hunter. The film’s audio track is also a positive, and the film’s pace is generally solid with a delightful (and insane) third act. I certainly had a good time watching the film and it comes recommended to those seeking some new thrills.
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