[Review] With 'Downrange,' Ryuhei Kitamura Turns A Tired Setup Into A Visceral Experience

This movie follows a group of friends traveling a country road that become victims to an asshole sniper.

Just as we are starting to get to know the players in this film, a tire blowout slows our cast to a halt on a deserted country road. While it may be predictable as far as what's about to ensue, fans of the genre, won't care. Within minutes of the flat tire, blood (and a lot of it) is shed. We now begin our descent into a dark, yet heavily lit by sunlight, place. Panic begins to set in for the characters.

While the dialogue and SOME of the acting is mediocre at best, horror audiences will want to stick around for the presentation of the premise. Or execution, if you prefer. As the bodies start to pile up, your heartbeat gradually increases and so does your interest in where it's gonna end up. And where it ends up will possibly annoy some and make others fist pump in satisfaction.

After the dust settled, I found myself wanting just a tad more. And as I typed that last sentence, I don't know where else it could've gone, and too much more would've been a deal breaker. Fuck, I'm a nitpicking piece of garbage.

Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train, Versus, Godzilla: Final Wars), the film stars newcomer Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson (Insidious: Chapter 2), Rod Hernandez-Farella, Anthony Kirlew, Alexa Yeames (The CW’s The Originals), and Jason Tobias (ABC Television’s Notorious).

You can stream Downrange exclusively on Shudder.


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