Title: Rust Creek
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Jen McGowan
Starring: Hermione Corfield, Micah Hauptman, Jay Paulson
Runtime: 1 hr 48 mins
What It Is: College student Sawyer (Corfield) is headed to a job interview over Thanksgiving. After getting lost, thanks to some bad directions by her GPS, she is now lost in the forests of Kentucky. While pulled over to regain her bearings she is accosted by two brothers named Hollister (Hauptman) and Buck (Daniel R. Hill) she defends herself. This leads to both the siblings and Sawyer suffering injuries. As Sawyer wanders listless and close to death through the forest she is picked up by Lowell (Paulson) a meth cook who’s intentions are unknown to our heroine.
What We Think: A hell of a thriller that’s designed to grip and does so. Amazingly. Hermione Corfield is absolutely awesome as our lead performance here. Looking at the script we see a film that unravels like a labyrinth of lies, deceit, and drugs. As we watch characters and motivations shift and change. Every major character has an arc that they go through and almost everyone is compelling. An early surprise from 2019 and absolutely a coming out party for Corfield. Prior to this, she’d had bit parts in GIGANTIC films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.
Our Grade: A-, What a surprise! I came into this film with absolutely no knowledge. This is one I missed at the San Diego Film Festival due to not being able to attend the festival. Wish I had as I am of the belief that this film would’ve looked amazing. On my TV at home, it looked fantastic. I do wonder how I’d look on the biggest of screens. I am definitely going to recommend this one! Check it out as soon as it is available.