Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
This one's about a couple of girls who are coming back from a trip to Mexico. The ladies get in late in the morning and need to get home. They get on a shuttle with a couple of dudes who want to nail them and a shifty eyed wiener. Soon things go wrong as the driver turns out to be evil and has sinister intentions for the busload.
Is it good movie?
For a low budget little film, Shuttle really puts its cash on the screen and doesn't turn out too badly. The biggest problem with this movie is that it is really rather derivative and that makes it ultimately just another horror flick.
This isn't always all bad- any horror movie that doesn't suck or insult the audience completely is really something that should at least merit a bit of attention. Shuttle is just another horror flick along the lines of Hostel on a moving bus (in a way), where people are being tortured and captured without knowing the reason.
The driving force behind this film is that you don't know what's going to happen next. Things start off tame, then the girls meet the two boys who want to pick them up and you wonder if they're in on the plot. Once they're on the shuttle, they make a few weird stops due to apparent automobile trouble and then things go bad.
As you're wondering about what's going to happen next, you're unfortunately rarely surprised. Something happens to reveal an inkling of plot and then you just sort of shrug and say 'oh'. There's nothing earth shattering here along the path of mild twists and turns.
The acting is pretty good, for the most part. The two female leads (Peyton List as Mel and Cameron Goodman as Jules) are pretty capable and for a couple of typecast ladies, they do a very good job. The nervous guy (Cullen Douglas) turns in a fine neurotic performance as well but I felt that Tony Curran, the big bad guy was sort of miscast. Maybe the idea is that he's a normal guy up to no good but I felt like he almost underplayed the role and didn't really scare me.
Shuttle is relatively smart too and that's what I liked about it. I like smart characters and I like a smart villain and there's no doubt that the villain in this movie is smart. He plays things cool, warns people of their consequences and tells them only what they need to know and punishes people for their perceived ignorance.
The gore is good without being overly memorable, the twists won't blow your mind and the ending is a real bummer too (which you might like, depending on your tastes- I usually do, but not this time).
Video / Audio
Video comes in a relatively clean and clear 2.35:1 widescreen transfer that does the trick.
Audio is presented in 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital sound and is quite clear and loud enough when it needs to be.
First up is Behind the Scenes, a brief 5 minute snippet of the film being made and the people who were in it. How could any behind the scenes feature be worth it at only 5 minutes long?
If you like casting sessions, you will enjoy the 24 minutes of them here. They're low quality but maybe you will find joy in them!
Finally, we get 4 minutes of unnecessary deleted scenes which barely add up to anything and a trailer.
Ultimately, this movie is tense enough while being well acted to make it worth your time. The ending might turn you off, but you'll likely be engaged enough along the way. The premise is silly, but this one is to be taken very seriously. I doubt you'll be terrified to take a shuttle in the future, but it just goes to show you how even the most mundane activity could lead to a struggle for life and death.