One of my biggest fears is getting in a car accident. There’s just something about it that triggers my anxiety and sometimes makes me never want to set foot in a car again. However, I do. Got to face your fears and hope for the best, right? Well, doing this didn’t work out so well for the folks in the new thriller, ACCIDENT.
ACCIDENT was directed and written by Dan Tondowski. The cast includes Stephanie Schildknecht, Roxane Hayward, Tyrone Keogh, Keenan Arrison, and Karl Thaning. The story follows a group of teenagers who are on their way to a concert, but quickly find themselves in a life or death situation when they get in a wicked car accident. Will any of them survive?
Honestly, I was excited about this one. I figured it would definitely leave me on the edge of my seat, sweating, and wondering what would happen next. Unfortunately, for me, the film was a bit lackluster. It was still worth a watch, but let me explain why I wasn’t super impressed.
First, there’s no build up for the story. ACCIDENT is basically about two young girls who are wanting to go to a concert and instead of taking the shuttle bus, they get a ride from two dudes who are complete strangers. First of all, skin walkers, please never do this. You’re pretty much setting yourself up for bad things to happen. Trust your gut instinct. I didn’t mind the beginning at all, but then it just didn’t go anywhere. There’s no build up, no backstory, nothing. Just a group of random strangers riding in a car and then that car gets in a accident due to an unfortunate occurrence that no one saw coming. Actually, that’s not true. I saw it coming. *Shakes head*
Second, along with no great story build up, the character development is weak and I suppose they kind of go hand in hand. I felt no connection to any of the characters and all of their personalities were rather boring. My dislike for them grew throughout the film except for rare moments of bravery and courage the leading ladies delivered. I applauded that and love how they stuck together despite an intense traumatic situation.
Although I thought the ending was delivered poorly it did have some twists and turns that I didn’t expect and that’s always plus. It also felt like a cop out, though. Like they didn’t have anywhere to go from there, so they threw in some more drama to intensify things, but maybe not.
Overall, my expectations for ACCIDENT were a bit too high, but it’s not one I would steer people away from. I think some people will enjoy it, as any accident of this magnitude is freaky and something one never wants to experience. I just wanted more character and story development. I think both of those are crucial when telling any story especially a thriller. I wanted to connect and couldn’t. If you’re interested in checking it out, it will be available exclusively on VOD April 3!