Two young newlyweds head out on a mountain hike for their honeymoon, only to encounter some deformed hill people and... do I even need to finish this sentence? I doubt it.
THE TREK has an opening scrawl that is obviously Texas Chainsaw-inspired, and the following movie, not unexpectedly, feels like something we have seen about six dozen times before. Director Lola Wallace has us spend a lot of time with the newlyweds, Keith (Brett Hundley) and Kim (Erin Fleming) at the beginning of the story, obviously trying to establish the types of people they are, and how very much in love they are. Admirable, but it doesn't work. The opening act is tedious and overlong, leading to the requisite gory, unpleasant business to follow. It's a chore to sit through.
Wallace uses the potentially interesting framing device of an investigative news show that is interviewing friends and family of Keith and Kim, who (we're told) disappeared in the mountains. Although the actors are striving hard for believability, it's hard to care about anything they are saying, especially when no one in the interview footage seems terribly bothered that Keith and Kim are missing and most likely dead. The movie splices these scenes in with the story of the two lovebirds on their fateful mountain journey. Hundley and Fleming are not a convincing couple, making the extended lovey dovey shit in the first act nigh unbearable. An early scene of lovemaking in the river is a huge mistake because it just looks incredibly uncomfortable (as I'm sure it was for the actors on the day). Another, even bigger miscalculation happens during a scene where the two sit and talk while watching a sunset. In its entirety. Seriously, it's like a 10 minute ordeal. We get it, they are soooooo meant for each other. Now get on with it.
THE TREK does offer some extreme
nastiness once it gets to the final act, so don't go ahead and label it as "too soft" just yet. However, I don't mean that as a compliment to the film either. The gore effects have their moments, but Wallace is just pushing the envelope for the sake of it, and even the real carnage fans out there have seen it all before. The most prominently featured crazy hill person looks like some guy in silly makeup and a G-string, which is about as frightening as it sounds. The "action" is poorly edited; namely, one scene featuring a head bashing which - surprise! - goes on forever, and is done so ineptly that I almost couldn't believe it. The same applies to a later "chase" sequence, which seems to go on for about 7 miles. Yikes.
Worst of all - and I do appreciate the intentions here, but come now - there seems to be a message underneath it all. You know, like, "Maybe, WE are the real monsters." You would think they were remaking DELIVERANCE or something. Not buying it for a second.
THE TREK is run-of-the-mill and boring. It's a pale copycat of much better films, and features scenes that go on and on and on. And on. Skip it.