Curve full movie review - Much better than you would ever imagine
Now please don't misunderstand me here. Curve is not some masterpiece of film making. It is probably a good film at best. However, going into it, my expectations were very low.
I even wondered if I would end up finishing the movie. I also admit my reasons for going into it were pretty shallow and that is my crush on Julianne Hough. She is lovely and adorable but just a terrible actress thus far. She tries but she just misses her mark every time. So I didn't expect much from this. Guess what? This is actually her best performance to date period. Also I scored this film an 8 because I thoroughly enjoyed it and was entertained AND its one of those almost "one-person" survival films (think Brake or Buried or Freezer) but this film has two main players (one being a nut-job) and a few supporting characters hardly seen. Most of this film rides on Hough surviving and she pulls it off. The story is good enough that you never get bored and you're on the edge of your seat and you're rooting for her. She actually may have herself a niche as a scream queen. She should explore this option more thoroughly. The film's pace is perfect because its incredibly short (run time of about 1 hour and 17 minutes) but it works for the movie. Its believable and actually pretty intense.
I guess I already sort of covered Julianne Hough's performance but this is really good for her. She still has that mousy voice that really kind of makes a solid performance hard but she makes it work in this case and you do relate to her and she is a good strong hero. Her final scenes with the nut-job are really well done and you almost want to cheer out loud for her. Teddy Sears is remarkable as the disturbed and twisted Christian. He is literally near perfect in this role and maybe overplays it just a tad but it works for this movie. The only disappointment is we never really learn his motives or more about him which if this were a big budget horror flick we might assume they would serialize it but that isn't likely to happen so its more like he's underdeveloped than anything. Still, he is a terrific adversary and it works very well.
I don't think it hurts that they got a director with some experience and some strong producers behind it as well. Iain Softley has had decent success in the past with films like Hackers and The Skeleton Key and he definitely has some style. I actually am surprised this film didn't get a wider release. I suppose you can't give a film too high a rating for being significantly better than you thought but I actually very much enjoyed it. It entertained me and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and had a couple of good twists and turns. Some of the sexual dialogue was very unnecessary and seemed to be there to throw the viewer off their comfort level but the rest of the film was decent to say the least. Not brilliant but definitely watchable and entertaining. I recommend it for a brainless thriller type evening. It won't be one that I will forget right away and that's definitely saying something for this genre, cast and film. 8/10