Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Horror Movie Review: Traveler


Starring: Val Kilmer, Dylan Neal, Paul McGillion, and Camille Sullivan

Directed by: Michael Oblowitz

Written by: Joseph C. Muscat

Production CompaniesVoltage Pictures, Hollywood Media Bridge, and Front Street Pictures

Release Date: June 2010

Awards: 2011 Best Feature Film/Best Psycho-Thriller at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.

A man calling himself Nobody arrives at a police station to confess to murders which haven't happened yet. When the murders start happening while giving the confessions, the police officers get concerned, and a past mistake starts to come back to haunt them. And with the excellent acting of Val Kilmer as Mr. Nobody, a lot of potential.

And Val does a good job as Mr. Nobody. I've seen criticism of Val's work here and I have a hard time thinking these criticisms come from people who aren't happy with the antagonist, not from people who understand the antagonist. He calls himself Mr. Nobody, wears all black, and may or may not be a dead man. He's subtle, subdued, seemingly emotionless, like you would expect from a supernatural being called Mr. Nobody. But with a slight grin here and there, we can see Mr. Nobody is amused at the police officers' confusion and panic as they get killed by the confessions.

As we learn about death of Detective Black's daughter, and the past injustice the police officers committed comes to light, connections begin to form hinting at who Mr. Nobody is and why he's there. But in the big reveal at the end, the whole point, or at least what should have been the point, evaporates and we are left asking, "What was the point?" There was no lesson to be learned from victims making mistakes and getting killed because of their mistakes, lack of morals, et cetera.

And the oddity of Mr. Nobody's limitation. If no one hears his confession, he has no power to make it come true and he has to do it himself. While there's no explanation for how Mr. Nobody has returned and has his abilities (Which isn't a problem. The unexplained supernatural doesn't bother me.), no connection is made for why he must be heard. Freddy Krueger had knife fingers because he made a knife glove for killing when he was alive, so why must Mr. Nobody be heard?

The other actors and actresses turned in shallow performances, but Val carries the show. It's worth a watch if you are a Val Kilmer fan and just want something to watch, but otherwise, don't go out of your way to see this one.

Related Trailers

The Thaw - Val Kilmer also stars in The ThawWhen a team of ecology students assisting an environmentalist (Val Kilmer) in the Arctic uncovers the frozen body of a woolly mammoth, they unwittingly release a parasite in need of a new host -- and, in the process, unleash a prehistoric terror. The ante is significantly upped when the parasite takes refuge inside the students' warm-blooded bodies and leads the group to a heart-wrenching decision.

Prom Night 3: The Last Kiss  - Dylan Neal also appeared in Prom Night 3: The Last KissDead prom queen Mary Lou Maloney (Courtney Taylor) escapes the confines of hell and returns to Hamilton High School looking for blood.

The Breed - Michael Oblowitz also directed The BreedFBI Agent Grant (Bokeem Woodbine) finds himself falling for Lucy (Ling Bai), a stunningly beautiful vampire, as he and his partner track down a renegade bloodsucker that is bent on exposing a government plan to integrate vampires into society. Soon, the line between the good guys and the bad guys begins to blur and Grant's next move could be his last.