TIFF 2017 Movie Review: DOWNRANGE (USA 2017)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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Stranded at the side of the road after a tire blowout, a group of friends become targets for an enigmatic sniper.


Ryûhei Kitamura


Kelly ConnaireStephanie PearsonRod Hernandez

DOWNRANGE is a horror Midnight Madness movie with all the gore, blood and violence expected from any film in the series. The simple plot involves a van with assorted male and female youth stranded on an unknown highway, after an unseen sniper shoots out one of the tires. They become the sniper’s targets one after another.

If blood and gore is all that is needed to satisfy, then a complicated plot is not really needed, but a film with a plot this simple runs into trouble soon. For one, there is hardly any opportunity for new horror set-ups, and the film grows tiresome soon, despite different bloodied body parts getting shot up.

The lazy script does not even offer a hint of explanation who the sniper is or what his reason for doing all the damage might be. A welcome diversion involved another car that comes along the highway after an hour or so, with some spectacular blow ups.

Director Kitamura (VERSUS) appears over-confident when he introduced his movie at the festival.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBf0xLj7FhU