Monday, March 3, 2014

Movie Mondays: Devil's Pass

The random movie for this week is here and it is Devil’s pass. This showed up in the queue in Netflix and since I love my horror/thriller movies I decided to check it out. The movie was released in 2013, directed by Renny Harlin and written by Vikram Weet. 

IMDB Story line: The Dyatlov Pass Incident was a real-life incident which occurred in February 1959 on the Kholat Syakhl mountain, part of the Ural Mountain range in what was then the territory of the Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. Nine hikers of Russian origin died in sub-zero conditions after fleeing their tents into the night on February 2nd for unknown reasons. Soviet investigators, unable to come up with a viable explanation, attributed the deaths to "compelling natural forces", closing the case due to a lack of evidence of any criminal element being involved and sealing off the site of the incident for three years. The Incident is still subject to popular scrutiny today by people around the world. Devil’s Pass follows a group of American students on a trek to investigate the true life mystery of nine Russian skiers who befell unexplained deaths while skiing in the Russian mountains in 1959. To this day, their deaths have been one of the most bizarre unsolved mysteries of the 20th century.

My Thoughts: This is another one of those documentary type movies like the Blair Witch Project. A bunch of foolish American students decide to trek up a cold mountain in Russia where 9 other people died. I thought this movie was going to be some silly foolishness but it surprised me at the end. This movie actually explained what happened to the Americans. 

The actors are unknowns. Well, they are unknown to me. I have not seen any of them in anything that I remember and sometimes that is what makes a movie good. In this instance the lack of a big name actor made you relate better to the actors and made you feel for the pain that they went through. The movie did take a weird twist when they begin talking about teleportation. Yet, I must admit it added a good dynamic. I was concerned for a moment but the ending was actually good. This movie deserved a better release. It was enjoyable and the overall story was thought out and delivered appropriately. 

Check this one out. Share your thoughts in the comments.

Post by Vikki
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