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CENTIGRADE
Rated: R
Release Date: August 28, 2020
Director: Brendan Walsh
Stars: Vincent Piazza, Genesis Rodriguez
Plot: A couple, on a tour of Norway, get caught in a blizzard and trapped inside their car with no way of signaling for help
 
Clint Says: Suspenseful, but terrible characters
 
 
Streaming on all digital platforms, VOD, and some drive-in theaters.
 
One of the first rules of creating a great story is making sure the audience cares about your hero. The hero needs to be likable. The hero needs to be good. They need to be smart, or at least street smart.
 
In this film, the main characters were none of the above. 
 
From the first minute of the movie they are fighting, saying horrible things to each other, doing completely ridiculous things, and just being annoying. They are too mean to be likable and too stupid to survive, so five minutes into the movie I already didn't care what happened to them. 
 
Thankfully, just by the nature of the story, the movie is suspenseful, but I never cared about the people. It didn't matter one way or another if they made it out alive or they were found as popsicles two years later. (Yes, on some level, I wanted them to survive just out of sheer human decency, but this is a movie, so decency doesn't really count).
 
I will give it to the director, though. Making a 90-minute film, that is shot with only 2 unlikable people in a car for 99% of the movie, that is even remotely watchable is a feat unto itself. I would not say that this is a good film by any stretch of the imagination. However, if you are looking for a decent and suspenseful story where you don't care about the outcome, this one is worth a streaming rental. 

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