Scenic Route is a 2013 psychological thriller about two friends who find themselves stranded in the desert thanks to some unlucky vehicle trouble. Original right?

With such a predictable story line, a few things did stand out, hence the reason I am writing this review.


What we are essentially looking at, is a story of two friends who used to be much closer, but one grew up, whereas the other one didn’t so much. Carter (Dan Fogler) hasn’t done much with his life and hasn’t changed much from the two friend’s younger days. Mitchell (Josh Duhamel from “Transformers”) on other hand has moved on to find a job and discover relationships. Under the intense heat of the desert daylight and the shivering cold of the dark nights, these differences soon overcome the two friends, leaving them to release their anger towards one another as their mental states begin to fall apart.

This movie isn’t exciting, nor would I even think about it when recommending movies for someone to watch. But there was enough to this film to keep me interested, starting with learning more and more about the two friends and their past. It doesn’t matter who you are, we all have a story to tell seeing as this is life, and this movie expresses real life friendships including their difficulties. Secondly I like how these two guys are so different in that one cares about his life ahead of him and the other is stuck in the past. This is something we probably can relate to, or at least know of others that this could apply to. And lastly, even though it sucks that the best part doesn’t come until the ending, this was my favorite part, because it did take a different approach as opposed to how I though it would. I’m a sucker for a twist in a story, and the ending to this movie is fantastic.


How does it stack up?

Humor: N/A

Realism: 9/10

Emotion: 7/10

Cast: 8/10

Music: N/A

Setting: 8/10

Quality: 7/10

Originality: 6/10

Abstract Rating: 75% This film chose the poorest time to be original, because some viewers may not reach the end before turning it off. But the relationship between these two friends does seem real and they played their parts very well.

Thanks as always for reading!