A young female college student named Sawyer is excited to be invited for an interview in another city. While driving to her destination, her GPS tells her to take a detour to avoid traffic, leading her down towards “Rust Creek”. Sawyer finds herself lost and pulls over to find her bearing. Soon she is approached by two men who offer assistance but have other intentions for Sawyer. Sawyer escapes the two men and becomes stranded in the bush. She is alone and badly wounded. Can she survive the two strangers who are determined to hunt her down?
To my surprise Rust Creek doesn’t muck about with its story from the start. The film gets right into the action, and it isn’t long until Sawyer finds herself in some danger.
The location of this film is terrific. Rust Creek feels dark and gritty and just looks unsafe. There are also many creative shots done by the director Jen McGowan.
Performance is generally positive, and it’s quite impressive that the film was able to keep my attention considering the small cast and what starts as a basic plot.
Although some moments in the first act are slow as Sawyer is required to either attend to her wounds or stop to express pain and agony, the second act of this film slows the pace even further. One character in particular also wholly changes, and honestly, this fast transition didn’t make sense.
Overall, considering this film has a small cast, and it carries a basic plot, this film at its core is rather enjoyable. Rust Creek manages to deliver a few surprising moments even when it slows down in the second act. Filming shots here are also rather creative, and the choice of dark and creepy location was wise. I’m personally keen to see what director Jen McGowan does next because this film is a positive step in the right direction.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden