Shuttle (2008)

Genre(s): Horror
Magnolia || R - 107 minutes - $26.98 || April 7, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-04-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Edward Anderson
Writer(s): Edward Anderson (written by)
Cast: Tony Curran, Peyton List, Cameron Goodman, James Snyder, Dave Power


Theatrical Release Date: March 8, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Mel (Peyton List) and Jules (Cameron Goodman) are returning home from vacationing in Mexico and trying to locate their luggage at the airport. Mel however is fairly ill from the plane due to her motion sickness and sits idly while Jules gets her some medicine. Two others that were on the plane with them, Seth (James Snyder) and Matt (Dave Power) decide to flirt with the ladies. Mel shoots down Matt, as she claims sheís engaged and Jules returns with some medicine and the two head off to the restroom. It turns out that, in true typical horror fashion, sheís not actually engaged and ended it before the trip.

After collecting their baggage, the girls try to hail a shuttle. Jules manages to snag one down and the shuttle will take them home for thirty bucks, and another shuttle pops up to offer them a ride for half price. The driver (Tony Curran) helps the ladies load their luggage onto the bus, and the two guys from earlier decide to cancel their ride and join them on the shuttle. At first the driver tries to ignore their pleas to get on the bus, but the girls say they are with them and he obliges. Yeah, thatís probably going to be the worst mistake those guys ever make, right?

Also on the bus is Andy (Cullen Douglas) who is rather weak and prude to say the least. As the bus ride continues the driver manages to pop one of the tires on the shuttle, and needs help changing it. He asks Matt for help, and the two head out along with Mel to change it. Mel and Matt flirt with one another, where she learns that they had a ride from the airport all along and he learns sheís not engaged anymore. He says her ex was stupid for cheating on her, and she smiles. The driver comes back with the spare tire and lifts the bus so Matt can put it back on. However, in true serial-killer fashion, the driver lets the bus down too soon and Matt loses all the fingers on his right hand.

The driver rushes everyone back onto the bus and says he will get him to a hospital as fast as possible. A few minutes later, we realize this isnít true as he heads down another abandoned alley and stops the shuttle completely. He pulls out a gun from his phone book and lets the passengers know that if they follow his instructions it will all be over soon. Now, normally youíd think that people would in this situation, but of course they donít and act as usual irrationally as possible.

The group fights as the shuttle continues going, and one of them manages to find a flare. Jules and Seth jerk each other over it until Andy and Seth are bickering over it. The flare gets lit and Jules lobs it in the back of the bus, which ticks off the driver immensely. After getting out inspecting the damage, he comes back into the shuttle and has both Seth and Andy stand up for their punishment. He whips out a blade and slashes Seth twice in the face, saying heíll live and not to make more mistakes.

Letís skip ahead about thirty minutes after one of the passengers gets run over by the shuttle in a great scene and the group takes over the bus. They manage to eventually disarm the driver and get his gun, and wonder what to do about the driver. Well, letís see, heís maliciously injured a few people, killed one, and was probably going to kill you all. But if you kill him that makes you a murderer? Great logic. Anyways, what follows after they gain control I could see coming a mile away, but it didnít matter since this isnít as bad as the normal horror flick.

I have to say, this is way better than your average run of the mill horror films. The characters, although they act stupid (like in most flicks), their actions are somewhat justified and believable. The twist near the end can be seen coming by veterans of the genre, but all others should be surprised. There arenít any cheap scares in this one, just all out violence and mayhem on a shuttle.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Behind the Scenes (5 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the film and the story behind it. Not that interesting, as though itís pretty basic stuff they discuss.

Deleted Scenes (4 minutes): The few scenes included are in fairly poor quality, both in video and of entertainment value. These can be skipped.

Casting Sessions (24 minutes): The casting session is shown of each of the six principle parts in the movie. I guess if you enjoyed the filmís characters then check this out, otherwise its way too long to be enjoying.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a near straight-to-DVD film, this has a great looking picture. I donít expect this kind of quality to be honest for a flick like this, but it sure surprised me. Colors are perfect and there are no issues of any kind with that. Grain is a bit of a problem though in most of the dark scenes, as is contrast. It does become more of an issue as the movie progresses, but untrained eyes probably wonít notice it as much as I do. Other than that, this is a great looking transfer.

The audio side doesnít hold as well, as the Dolby Digital 5.1 track doesnít offer that much in terms of sound quality. Surround use is barely engaged at all, and the characters voices are inconsistent throughout the film. At times they were too high, others too low, and rarely did it seem like there was ďjust the rightĒ level for dialogue. When it was the proper level, it sounded okay but nothing to note about. The track is decent, but it could have been a bit better.



.::OVERALL::.

Shuttle isnít your average everyday crap horror film; itís probably one of the better ones out of the past year to come out on DVD. I can say that I enjoyed the flick and you might too if you are into these types of films, and by these types I mean ones where the characters are unbelievable but somehow still entertaining. The video is surprisingly above-average, although the audio is a bit lacking. The special features though are disappointing, as a commentary would have been nice. Overall though, this is one ride to take a voyage on, just be careful not to get on if he offers half price.