Country of origin: USA
Date of Release: May/23/2006
Director: Steven R Monroe
Runtime: 88 minutes (unrated)
Cannell Films, Centaurus Films
(Not the movie with Dolph Lundgren!)
As the film progresses leaving the audience wondering if they’ve perhaps seen this before, finger hovering over the STOP button, we’re introduced to ‘Danny’, Cerina Vincent - Cabin Fever, Freaks of Nature fame also many years ago the Yellow Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, ironic then that she now portrays a US forest ranger, a Lone, park, Ranger (see what I did there!) All by her lonesome, nestled inside of a precariously balanced outpost, she can’t help but think back upon very recent events (shown to the audience as shaky cam blunt, vivid, images frequently during the movies first forty-five minutes). a drunken escapade in which her closest friend perished, thrown haphazardly from a tumbling Jeep (yea, she wasn’t ‘strapped in’ but I’m not about to lecture and present a PSA on the inherent dangers of not buckling in, this is a work of fiction fer’ Christs sake!).
Meanwhile our other little awakened friend who’s been busy roaming around unnoticed in the woods has discovered a new vice. A penchant for a new game, ‘cat and mouse’, one that insures unsuspecting harmless folk are deprived of any further use for oversized US forest Ranger attire and stimulating conversation with a smart arse African parrot. The movie progresses picking up pace losing its middle-aged-I-hate-my-fat-arsed-self-and-wish-to-do-naught-but-sit-in-front-of-a-television-all-day-stroking-my-cats vibe. Our main characters quickly discover they have more in common than similar tasting bodily fluids and that their as yet unseen adversary doesn’t care one iota for green Jeeps, communication towers and a pair of know-it-all hikers.
Decent FX, some tense moments, an above par monster and some amazing scenery to enjoy (lots of hills and valleys - insert winky face here) but a lackluster ending and a storyline that suffers from being told a few too many times before.