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"Rust Creek" Provides a Tense, Suspenseful Thriller Through the Rural Forests of Kentucky

Ryan Beltran

Posted on December 8, 2020 03:12

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If you're looking for some under the radar films on Netflix, "Rust Creek" is an independent crime thriller that could be a good choice for you.

Netflix has felt kind of stale the past couple of months in terms of new content, but it has released some new movies and television series over the last couple of weeks.

One film that was a pleasant late night watch was “Rust Creek” (2018). Directed by Jen McGowan, the film centers around a female college senior, Sawyer Scott (Hermione Corfield), who takes a long road trip to Washington D.C, for a job interview during Thanksgiving break without the knowledge of her family. 

She drives a long way through the rural parts of middle America, where she gets lost deep in a rural region in the Appalachian forest, presumably somewhere around Kentucky.

Unfortunately, while she was outside her car looking at a map for directions, she encounters unexpected trouble when she is attacked by two criminally deranged brothers looking for trouble.

Scott was forced to fight back from harm and runs away into the deep Appalachian forest with no idea where to go while being targeted by two threatening individuals. She tries to find her way out of the woods to get help, without success. Then she meets a lonely meth cook addict, Lowell, who serves as her only trusted ally while there are two dangerous low-life criminals and a corrupt police chief hunting for her.

While the film isn’t as authentic as it could be and has many similarities to films in the same genre, “Rust Creek” still delivers a good effort with its characters and suspense, while managing to tell a solid storyline filled with nice plot twists.

Admittedly, the first half of the film has many of the same movie tropes you see in the usual thriller or suspense films, but towards the second half of the movie, the script becomes more innovative which strengthens the movie's central storyline with interesting unexpected turns, from character development to plot points as the story progresses.

The film also consistently displays a great picture of the rough terrain of the Appalachian forests and the unappealing, grim, and rural Kentucky lifestyle, which is a big credit to the cinematography. This aspect of focusing on the natural scenery captured a mood that mixed beauty and fear within the deep rugged trees and endless pathways.    

Also, even if Scott made questionable decisions during the first half of the story, she still showed a lot of mental strength which made her a likable lead to root for as a main character. Even as she's stuck in the deep confusing Kentucky woods, while fearing for her life from people potentially bringing harm, her resilience never wavers throughout the whole film.

Along with Scott, the film did a good job in connecting many of the characters to the main plot, and most characters served a notable part in contributing to the story.

Overall,  “Rust Creek” was a suspenseful crime thriller film that creates a strong sense of uncertainty and fear thanks to the successful efforts of the director and actors.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on December 8, 2020 03:12

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