DVD Review: Enter Nowhere / Cert: TBC / Director: Jack Heller / Screenplay: Shawn Christensen, Jason Dolan / Starring: Sara Paxton, Scott Eastwood, Katherine Waterston, Shaun Sipos / Release Date: Out Now (US), TBC (UK)
You know what it's like, you wait for one cabin in the woods type film for ages, then two turn up at once. Thankfully, this take on the premise is just as different and almost as twisty as the Goddard/Whedon affair.
Samantha (Katherine Waterston) is lost in the woods, looking for her husband after he's gone for help when they had run out of petrol. She finds a small cabin and another lost soul, Tom (Scott “son of Clint” Eastwood) who has been there several days after crashing his car nearby. All there is at the cabin is a broken ham radio. No phones, no food and seemingly no help for any conceivable distance. Jody (Sara Paxton from The Innkeepers) turns up passed out outside, and when she comes to, explains that her boyfriend has abandoned her after a row, and she has no idea how she got to the cabin. We have seen Jody earlier, though, in a pre-credit sequence where she and her man Kevin (Christopher Denham) were in the process of robbing a convenience store and she seems quite the badass.
Whatever direction the three try to find a way out of the woods, they end up back at the cabin. When Jody likens it to a game of Pac Man, where you always end up on the same playing field, Tom asks “How do you get to the next level?”
With the revelations that follow, that's how, and it is with the subsequent twists that the film steps up and becomes a completely different beast.
First time director Jack Heller has crafted a surprisingly good and entertaining tale thanks to the Shawn Christensen (who also wrote the Taylor Lautner vehicle Abduction) and Jason Dolan script which is as audacious as it is ridiculous. It is most importantly though, entertaining – and allows the characters to build rather than rely on shocks and gore. Tom Harting's cinematography goes a long way to helping set the mood and tone, so much so that it is a shame that this will probably never see a big screen. Paxton once again proves her worth, but Waterston and Eastwood seem to take a while to warm up, coming across a little stiff earlier on.
This is another film that benefits from going into as cold as possible, (don't even watch the trailer, as it tells you far too much) and while the final act is a little predictable, getting there is fun. It does feel a little like a feature length episode of The Twilight Zone or Lost at times, but it doesn't feel padded out, and is still head and shoulders above some other recent releases.
Lets hope Lionsgate UK give this a release sometime soon!