Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (March 20, 2019)
A story about a road trip gone bad, 2018ís Accident introduces us to college-aged pals Jess (Stephanie Schield) and Caroline (Roxane Hayward). In need of a ride to a music festival, they meet up with Fred (Tyrone Keogh) and Thomas (Keenan Arrison), two guys willing to give them a lift.
And more, as Fred and Jess fool around in the back seat. He pushes her too far, though, and in the tussle that ensues, the car rockets off the road.
This lands the vehicle in a ravine. As they struggle to survive, another complication materializes when the carís owner comes to find it.
Iíll admit it: those plot points boast intrigue, and the movieís trailer promises a lively thriller. As I near my 52nd birthday, I should know better than to trust those ads, but even if I guard against expectations, the promos imply a film with at least moderate entertainment value.
The main problem comes from the thin nature of the story. Accident includes little that doesnít appear in my brief synopsis, so it doesnít use its 92 minutes to flesh out the characters or situations in a particularly rich manner.
Oh, the film tosses little nuggets of info at us that theoretically add substance to the parts. In reality, though, they fail to become anything more than window dressing for this decidedly narrative-light tale.
That said, a movie like Accident doesnít necessarily require an intricate story to succeed. Essentially about the challenges of survival in difficult circumstances, the basic themes could muster enough energy to occupy the viewerís attention.
However, Accident tends to stretch out its scenes far too long. For instance, the build to the sequence where the women meet the guys goes on forever, and even the titular crash feels extended beyond its natural end point.
The filmmakers appear to have come up with an idea for Accident and then struggled to find enough content to fit feature length. At 92 minutes, Accident leans toward the short side of the running time street, and it doesnít mine its territory in a way that milks the inherent drama.
Admittedly, Iíve seen less interesting thrillers, and I kind of admire the minimalist approach. However, the end result simply fails to turn into much more than a good idea. The execution seems lackluster most of the time, so the film becomes a mostly forgettable experience.