Siri (Najarra Townsend) is out on a lonely highway with her daughter, Iris (Leah Lauren) when they have to stop and fill up the car. They seem to be a little lost though and before they realise it, they’re out alone and stranded with little idea of where they are or how to get back to where they need to be. Then strange things start happening, Siri’s paranoia starts to increase as her and Iris are thrown into a chaotic and maddening situation with strange creatures attacking them and a feeling of lost hope.
Siri also feels like there’s something not quite right with her daughter and that her existence in the car is hiding some unbelievable truth. Siri must find a way out or die trying.
The Darkness of The Road is a psychological horror written and directed by Eduardo Rodriguez which takes a contained environment and with great cinematography and clever special effects puts his audience on edge throughout. Townsend and Lauren also put in great performances although there may be a question as to whether the age gap between mother and daughter may be too small.
With its high concept idea and such a confined setting, Rodriguez puts its characters in a seemingly ordinary situation and watches it rapidly go out of control leaving audiences intrigued. For those who may want a suspenseful and thrilling movie then The Darkness of The Road certainly maintains its atmosphere throughout. There are also enough twists and turns to keep its audience interested.
The problem is that although there are twists, they may not feel all that original and are quickly revealed which may make audiences groan because they were so obvious. Not obvious in the way that the audience should have seen it coming, but that the twists have been seen many times before in science fiction and supernatural movies.
The biggest groan of them all however, will come at the end where the big twist is revealed.
Whereas it’s supposed to be a big rug pull for the audience as all their expectations may have been questioned, it’s not as clever as the writer/director may have hoped and it feels a little underwhelming.
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