4 days ago
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Cursed To Eat
Tyler (Brendan McIvor Fleming) has found a great surfing spot. Him and his friends have the beach and surf all to themselves with no locals around. He calls up his brother Colin (Kaiwi Lyman) to tell him to get down to Mexico to join up with him. Colin then invites his friends Lucky (Alex Feldman) and Javier (Jon Ada). He also invites his girlfriend Ashley (Michelle Borth) and her friend Rose (Joleigh Fioravanti). After some minor adventures with the drive there, they make it to the beach that Tyler told them about. They found some dirt bikes, but they can't find Tyler or any of his friends. Thinking they all took off to a nearby town, they decide to start enjoying the water. That is until Lucky goes off on his own and finds the camp that Tyler and friends made. What is found there changes everything.
Trespassers is a low budget film by co-writer/director Ian McCrudden. Things start off a little slow since the movie doesn't get right to things on the beach. This period, and even the period before things start to go wrong, was kind of fun though. There was some funny moments, and a touch of nudity to throw in as well. We know from the start of the film that something bad happened to Tyler and friends, but we don't know what for sure. It was easy to see that Trespassers is a low budget film for a couple of reasons. One was the complete absence of effects. Sure there is a little blood, but when someone is being attacked, there is nothing there to be seen. To hide the fact that no effects are being used during the attack scenes, we get a camera that moves around a lot. This hides things, but it very hard to figure out what is going on at times and the close ups don't always help either. This doesn't really take away from Trespassers, but it doesn't really help either. I watched this through Netflix, but there are plenty of people complaining that the box makes this movie sound like a zombie movie. There are quotes comparing it to other zombie movies apparently. This is not a zombie movie. I don't want to give away too much, but will say it all has to do with a curse.
There is a scene where we get to see some dead bodies, but even that wasn't a great effect. These weren't bad effects, just nothing that stands out. The acting was much the same way. I didn't have much of a problem with any of the leads, but no one really stood out to me. Kaiwi Lyman felt a bit on the flat side, and he is one of the people we have to deal with the longest.
Another thing that annoyed me some is when Colin and Ashley are running around trying to hide, they find time to have sex. Then again, it was funny when they get caught and have to defend themselves on the fly. Despite the problems, I did enjoy this one. The back story for the reason behind what is happening was a little different and interesting. It also didn't end the way I figured it would, which was really a good thing. I just had this feeling it was going to end in a certain cliche way, and was happy when it didn't happen that way. Not that the ending was great, but I was still happy with it. Trespassers isn't a great film by any means, but if you are willing to give this movie a shot, I think most will find it to be an okay film. It kept me interested in what was going on, which is a lot more than I can say for other films.
3 out of 5 No plans for me to visit Mexico, curse or not