Movie Review: Downrange
Director: Ryûhei Kitamura
Writer: Ryûhei Kitamura, Joey O'Bryan
Stars: Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson, Rod Hernandez
Downrange gives you about 13 minutes peace before starting to try to psychologically (and for our unfortunate characters physical) put you through the meat grinder for it's remaining runtime. It only works part of the time which is a shame.
We are mid road trip with Jodi, Keren, Todd, Eric, Sara and Jeff when a tyre blow outs and they have to stop to repair the it, however the fly in the ointment is the sniper sitting only a small distance away, picking them off one by one.
Kitamura plays with the camera angles from slow reveals of the gory aftermath of on target shots, to dizzying aerial shots. Kitamura stages the action / kill scenes well, managing to up the tension just through the visuals.
Unfortunately the writing lets the film down, with all the tension that gets built up disappearing as soon as a character does an inexplicably dumb thing. The characters also don't really get any development either, yes it's difficult to do when in this kind of film and in particularly in the situation that they are in but you don't get to know them beyond their broad outlines.
Entertaining in stretches and certainly not afraid to get gory or to maximise carnage Downrange throws a lot at the screen, some of it sticks, some of it doesn't. The ending will either sell the film totally for you or make you feel that they cheapened everything. Entertaining enough to give it your time.
Downrange is a Shudder exclusive and is available from April 26th.
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78