Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Nels Lennarson
What's it about
A mysterious stranger (who looks like Jim Morrison and that guy from Real Genius) walks into a sheriff’s department and confesses to six murders. Strange things then happen.
Is it good movie?
Oh, Val Kilmer. You just seem to get stranger and stranger with every movie you appear in. Your face gets fatter, your hair gets odder, and your logic in film choices seems to have disappeared along with your acting ability. It’s a sad thing, really. Like a lot of people who grew up during the 80s/90s, Kilmer was mostly solid and entertaining. I know this might be a bit repetitive considering I’ve written it before, but Kilmer is one of those actors who should be above the DVD only market. Seagal, Van Damme, Snipes are easy to understand. Action isn’t the draw it once was. But Kilmer is a little like Cuba Gooding, Jr., dude should be landing some decent roles…at least every so often. They both have the talent and screen appeal, but it doesn’t seem to be in their cards.
Instead on being at your local overpriced cinema, Kilmer once again stars as a mysterious stranger with long hair and evil looks in The Traveler. This time he wanders into a sheriff’s department and confesses to mass murder. Well, this happens to be a small town and murderers don’t usually stroll in acting all creepy and all, so it rightly puts everyone in the town on edge. Can you blame them? The movie jumps back and forth between the past and the present, which did build suspense and mystery, but it wasn’t enough to build an effective story. Kilmer seems to be like a dog chasing his own ponytail at this point. He can’t seem to improve or change what he’s doing. And that sad fact is getting in the way of his performance, at least for me. Perhaps if he needs to do a comedy. Or an opera. Anything to change things up a bit. Maybe a director out there will give him a shot in a quality picture again.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of Dolby Digital Surround.
I dig the premise. In what could have been an effective serial killer drama or reverse mystery never leaves up to its initial expectations. But is anyone surprised? I doubt it. Good for some unintentional laughs, but I seriously doubt anyone will rent this movie and expect anything above mediocre. If they expected something more, well, they’re dumb.