I’ve given Josh Duhamel a fair ration of crap over the years, and in the interest of fairness, it’s mostly because, well, he’s horrible. He schmaltzed the f*ck out of the horrendous Safe Haven, and cursed us with that trilogy of brain disintegration known as the Transformers films. He was in one of those crappy Gary Marshall romcoms with giant ensemble casts, and frankly I’m not going to bother looking it up because I’m somewhat proud of not knowing which one.
And yet, here he is in the bizarre-sounding Scenic Route, playing well against type and trying to bash in Dan Fogel’s skull — an endeavor that I wholly endorse. Check the synopsis:
Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and ultimately knife-wielding madness, and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or death struggle.Ze trailer:
You know what? I’m actually sort of interested. A few years ago two good friends of mine did a cross-country road trip and I always imagined that this is how it would go. Of course, they’re boring dickwads and didn’t try to kill each other, so I imagine I’ll see this and picture two of my best friends in their places. Because that’s how I roll. Scenic Route will premiere at SXSW next month.
While we’re on the subject of friends and homicide, I also stumbled across the trailer for the low-budget, crowd-funded Favor, a film that asks just how far you really would go for a friend. Would you help him hide a dead body? And if you did… what would he owe you in return?
Kip Desmond has gotten everything he’s ever wanted: a thriving career, beautiful wife, and an affluent lifestyle, all of which is put in jeopardy when Abby, the woman with whom he’s having a casual fling, is accidentally killed. Desperate, he ends up on the doorstep of childhood friend Marvin Croat and asks him for a huge favor: help get rid of the body. This gruesome situation begins a series of events which unravel Kip and Marvin’s lifelong friendship, leading both men to murderous acts neither had ever suspected themselves capable of.
I love this concept, even if it looks like the film cost a buck and a half.
Whadday think, kiddies?
Seriously though you guys, I need your help with something. I’ll grab the heavy end.