A desperate American couple discovers all is not what it seems when they uncover a high-stakes underground scam while traveling abroad. To expose the truth and get back to the U.S., they must risk their lives to save their daughter.
Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an ... See full summary »
Washed up Hollywood actor Reagon Pearce is kidnapped by thugs on the way to work in Shreveport, Louisiana. Trapped in a swamp hut, his kidnappers torture and blackmail him, hijacking his twitter account and threatening to upload compromising material. How can he escape his predicament?Written by
Ryan used his actual house as his character's house for the movie. It appears that most if not all of the set decorating was his also. See more »
When Mike learns there's security footage of the van on Google Alerts, the time says 11:12 am (0 minutes ago). It is clearly dark outside. See more »
Why don't you just kill me?
Oh, not yet. First, I'm, gon' destroy you, the way you did me. I'm gon' take yer life AND reputation from ya, humiliate your ass publicly, make sure the world thinks you're the biggest piece of shit on the planet - then I'm gon' kill ya. You gon' die knowin' you hated.
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An amazing thing about Catch Hell is how unexpectedly *watchable* it is. I really figured it wouldn't have staying power, yet it coaxed me in.
Others have commented on the film's modest strengths, which are; decent writing, good acting, good pacing (the scenes that seek to capture the long waiting of a hostage situation like this don't feel interminable), good (if elemental) character development, good editing, interesting scenario.
And, amazingly, the final scene (which ingeniously plays over the end credits) struck me as a profound redemption tour-de-force. Rarely have I seen such a cosmic message writ so bizarrely. I can think of one other example, off the top of my head, that comes close. And, when I say "redemption", I don't mean the redemption of a person. I really mean the redemption of this film from being a mere low-rent action/horror snack. I'm sincere about this: It says an important thing about the nature of grace; that you might encounter some at the very bottom of a very deep, very dark pit.
Worth watching, even if only because you're fascinated by the promise of smart low-budget stylizing.
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