Saturday, October 6, 2012
An expedition attempts to discover the mystery of the "Yellow Brick Road," a trail on which the entire population of a small town disappeared many years ago. What they discover is that some sort of malicious force (perhaps the trail itself) has the power to drive people insane and keep them lost forever.
Not a lot to say about this one, but it was a reasonably well-made film with a nifty premise and a handful of standout scenes. I particularly like the way everyone starts to lose their mind; it's slow but begins almost immediately, and nobody really seems to notice because they are going crazy, too. The characters are reasonably well developed, so there is a sense of impact when they start killing each other/themeselves/etc.
Unfortunately, the premise runs out of steam after a while; there are only so many scenes you can watch of people losing their shit over strange sounds and music, begin acting illogically and start turning against each other, before it grows a little repetitive. And the ending is a let down too; my feeling is they should have simply left it open-ended, but instead they attempt to have their cake and eat it too, via some KMart surrealism that tries to both explain and not explain what was going on. Better to have left it all unsaid. It's not helped by the occasional terrible special effects.