Year of Release: 2003
Director: James Mangold
Approx. Running Time: 90 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"...THE MOST SATISFYING AND ACCOMPLISHED THRILLER IN RECENT MEMORY."
-Jeffrey Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
What if every choice we ever make was already made for us? What if there really were no coincidences in life and our destinies were already predetermined?
Ten strangers with secrets are brought together in a savage rainstorm: A limo driver (John Cusack), an '80s TV star (Rebecca DeMornay), a cop (Ray Liotta) who is transporting a killer (Jake Busey), a call girl (Amanda Peet), a pair of newlyweds (Clea Duvall and William Lee Scott) and a family in crisis (John C. McGinley, Leila Kenzie, Bret Loehr), all take shelter at a desolate motel run by a nervous night manager (John Hawkes). Relief in finding shelter is quickly replaced with fear as the ten travelers begin to die, one by one. They soon realize that, if they are to survive, they'll have to uncover the secret that has brought them all together.
As much as I love John Cusack, his movies are pretty consistent in being disappointments. This is one notable exception. Of course, that may be due in part to the incredible talent behind the camera in the form of director James Mangold - whose other works include Walk the Line and 2007's 3:10 To Yuma.
But more than the amazing talent on both sides of the camera, the film has an interesting plot, good cinematography and a cool little twist at the end that will keep you watching. Pity it's only an hour and a half long.
Rated R (MPAA)
2003 (Year of Release)