Lack of Tension and Terrible Pacing Renders Netflix Thriller ‘Rust Creek’ Thoroughly Mediocre

Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer

Plot: An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview and a wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest.

Review: I wish I could say this one was worth watching, but Rust Creek is as mediocre as a thriller can get. It’s not the fault of the actors; they’re all fine in their roles. The location is middle-of-nowhere America which is overused at this point, especially when it comes to stories where some city mouse gets lost in said middle of nowhere only to be hunted down by some crazy redneck country mouse (or in this case, mice). But it’s still a fine location and one that’s perfect for portraying an atmosphere of desperation and fear.

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The real issue with this movie is the terrible pacing and the lack of tension for most of the runtime. Large portions of this story sees our heroine Sawyer, played by Hermione Corfield (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) stuck in one location with meth cook Lowell played by Jay Paulson (I Am The Night). It’s meant to give us time to connect with these two, but all it did was grind the story to a halt.

When there is action it’s well-executed. But with the exception of a tense showdown that leads to an explosion, it’s nothing to write home about. And when it comes to the villains instead of getting something compelling we get your typical trope of “the evil redneck”. It’s lazy, it’s boring and it’s kinda offensive at this point.

Filming on A Quiet Place Part 3 has started already?! That was quick

Rust Creek would have benefitted from a tighter pace, more tension and more action that utilised all that wonderful open space. It’s not a bad movie; it’s just a story that’s been done to death. And without bringing anything new to the table it’s a film you can easily skip without missing out on anything worth seeing.

Sommer’s Score: 5 out of 10

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2755F829-2EEC-4A68-B6F7-F963F48C9D92 Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.

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