Review of “Accident” by The Headless Critic
Accident – 2018
Production by: The Exchange, Suberbe Films, Forefront Media Group, D21 Films
Distribution by: Well Go USA Entertainment
Two young women on their way to a concert take a ride from a couple of wealthy hotties in a sports car. The group of four take a joy ride on a rainy night straight to the bottom of a ravine. One of the boys is thrown from the car and impaled on a spear while the other boy lays unconscious. The girls remain trapped inside the car, one of them stuck there trapped upside down. The clock is ticking on their lives as the true story of what led them there unfolds. An accidental truth unlocks what truly caused this “Accident”.
The newest addition from South Africa’s growing film industry is this situational action, thriller from first time feature film director and writer Dan Tondowski. It’s as beautifully shot as any studio production with stunning cinematography, including impressive green screen, real car flips and actual explosions. Production wise, South Africa does all the things Hollywood cheapens out on by not taking the time or believing CGI is an acceptable replacement for all things practical. A hard rain keeps falling, pounding away on car and character. Something as simple as rain would have been overlooked by its American counterparts but is one of the most enjoyable, continual aspects of the film. Everything about Accident is beautiful from the actors to the scenery. It also misses the two key aspects of good filmmaking, story and performances.
From the opening scene Accident creates characters that aren’t relatable, portrayed by actresses as beautiful as the film is shot. Stephanie Schildknecht and Roxane Hayward were obviously hired for their assets over their acting ability as an early, elongated shot of their asses confirms. The two beauties hook up with the male versions of themselves played by Tyrone Keogh and Keenan Arrison. I won’t comment on the individual actor abilities, I even saw some potential in one of these thespians. One thing this South African film didn’t learn from its Hollywood counterparts is if you cast for beauty over acting ability, you risk losing an audience that can’t relate to your characters and won’t care about your film.
The story starts off as an exciting situational thriller that borders real horrors. A car accident leads to a group being trapped; fighting to survive against the elements they find themselves in. While not original, it isn’t a completely overplayed plot and could have been promising. Through flashbacks an over complicated and unneeded backstory unfolds, making the characters that were naturally not relatable also unlikable. Out of nowhere the final act becomes an all-out action movie. While all the explosions look real, by this point I couldn’t care about what might have been an exciting turn. Storyline clichés are hit on all levels with accompanying dialogue. By the end the film was more eye rolls than excitement. You can mimic what you see in American movies but if you don’t understand why we go from point A to point B you’re just going to make a faded copy of even our worst films.
My last complaint. It’s a beautiful movie giving lots of options for enthralling poster art. The cover given is bland, undescriptive and looks like nothing more than a screenshot of the film. Nothing to get potential viewers excited about.
Available on VOD April 3rd, 2018
1 out of 5 Headless Critics