Stay on the path, kids
- Redwood review by NP
Musician Josh (Mike Beckingham) and his girlfriend Beth (Tatjana Nardone) are good company. Their (mostly) gentle banter is naturalistic and often quite funny – which is just as well because for a good portion of this film’s 78 minute run-time, we accompany them on their fairly uneventful camping trip designed to clear their minds after some devastating news.
That isn’t to say nothing happens during this time. We get many impressive bird’s eye views of the huge national park. At night-time, we are witness, along with the couple, to some strange noises out there in the wilderness. When the aggressors make themselves known at last, Beth and Josh scamper into their tents … as if that is going to make any difference, bless ‘em.
I have read in some reviews that the ending was ‘obvious’. Well, it was a twist I didn’t see coming, and it was handled very well, bringing the story to an effective close. I’ve said before in reviews that, if the audience cares about the characters, then that is the key to a good cinematic experience. I don’t know why so many other projects of this type fail to grasp that simple rule. I enjoyed ‘Redwood’ greatly, mainly for that reason. My score is 8 out of 10.
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