Reviewed by Uncle Creepy
Starring Tony Curran, Cullen Douglas, Peyton List, Cameron Goodman
Directed by Edward Anderson
Distributed by Magnolia Home Entertainment
Shuttle. Jesus Christ. Where to begin? You know that Liam Neeson movie Taken? His daughter and her friend go to Paris and end up being kidnapped from the airport? Yeah? Good. See that instead.
What we have here is basically the same plot with a few differences, the most noticeable of which is that Shuttle‘s sucks. Two friends (List and Goodman, both of whom should keep this off their acting resumes) arrive at the airport late one evening after their vacation and end up sharing a shuttle to their respective homes with a couple of other people. After a bit it becomes very apparent that the driver (Curran) of said doom bus has other, far more sadistic plans for our girls and their two interchangeable guy friends.
Here’s the deal … without spoiling too much … Shuttle is yet another “thriller” about what happens when several people cannot muster the courage to overpower one dude with a gun. I could see if this guy was brandishing his weapon at them the entire time, but he’s friggin’ driving and completely pre-occupied! Are you kidding me? Really? Come on, guys!
To make matters even worse, there are numerous moments throughout the movie in which our passengers in peril could have escaped or even just kicked this guy’s ass. Instead we’re taken by the hand and force-fed what is supposed to be suspenseful set piece after set piece, the most ludicrous of which takes place in a supermarket.
Apparently our uber-villain needed some groceries before he could take his riders to his monster’s lair so he sends out a victim BY HERSELF to go grocery shopping for him. His condition? Be back in ten minutes or I leave with your friends. Oh, how scary! So now it’s a shopping cart straddled race against time to get inane stuff like garbage bags, cat litter, a cat pan, a flashlight, etc. Wow. Just wow.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how silly this film(!) gets, and at a nearly two-hour runtime, Shuttle wears out its welcome early and drones on and on like nails down the chalkboard of common sense.
If you’re a glutton for punishment, the DVD is home to a couple of special features to add to your pain. We get a behind-the-scenes featurette, some deleted scenes, and a look at the film’s casting sessions. Yay.
Bad script. Bad setup. Bad action. No suspense. Yep. This is a stinker. Do yourself a favor. If you see this shuttle roll up in your video store or on your cable TV service, opt to walk instead. As far away from this mess of a movie as possible.
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