While driving from Phoenix to Oklahoma, a mother and her daughter get a flat tyre on a deserted road. While the mother tries to change the tyre, the daughter plays on the side of the road and gets bitten by a rattlesnake! The good news is that a nearby stranger can heal her daughter from the snake bite, the bad news is that in exchange a debt must now be paid by the mother and the task required is unthinkable.
While the plot may sound exciting and suspenseful, the film’s pace is plodding with a lack of detail about the characters given. From the film’s 1st 10 minutes, I was amazed at how many long shots occurred with creepy music and sadly little to no character development. Considering the circumstances, should the audience even be worried or care for its characters? This film fails to hook me in or thrill me.
Our leading character’s actions throughout the film are also questionable at times and once again, slow-paced. For someone who feels the clock is ticking, she seems to be happy to take her time, and it’s frustrating for the audience. After watching the film, I thought to myself, that movie had anything barely to it and to explain it to someone would take a small and brief amount of time. There are so many long scenes where a lead is just staring and questioning herself. The actress herself, Carmen Ejogo, does give a solid performance but the direction is cringe-worthy.
As for the plot and the film’s ending, there are so many unanswered questions the film raises and never truly gives the explanation to. The film’s ending also feels unpolished and somewhat incomplete, basically making watching the whole movie, a waste of time (sorry but that’s how I felt!).
Overall, Rattlesnake as a film sounded extremely promising, but it’s ultimately a slow burn and uninteresting. The film performances are ok, but character development is weak, which eventually makes it challenging for the audience to get passionate or feel any suspense. The film’s ending also feels disappointing and unpolished. I suggest that this film is not worth your time watching.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden