Obviously a film made with a small budget. It also was filmed over a very compact twenty days. Sometimes this kind of organic film making sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. This Marcio Garcia film suffers from the small budget, short filming time which I presume meant few takes of each scene was done and several other shortcomings.
A young artist from Brazil is living a life most would frown upon. Despite the fact that she comes from a well-off family and has a good education she has decided to live a life with few trappings moving around often. Living in the United States, Angie (Camilla Belle – 10,000 B.C., The Ballad of Jack and Rose) works occasionally as a waitress in whatever town she stops in and lives in a tent on its outskirts. She has made friends with a homeless guy named Chuck (Andy Garcia – Ocean’s Twelve, The Godfather III).
Deciding to move on, Angie sleeps on the side of a road in her car. Police officer David (Colin Egglesfield – from television’s The Client List) stops to see if she is alright. Angie is, but her car isn’t. It won’t start. David takes her to the garage. There she finds out that the repairs to her car will cost a bunch of money. David pays for it and finds her a job as a waitress at a diner that his cousin Jill (Juliette Lewis – Catch and Release, Natural Born Killers) so she can make money to pay him back. He also tells Angie that she can stay with him at the trailer he lives in.
In a very short time Angie and David have made a connection and begin a relationship. Now Angie has to make a decision about what she wants to do with her life – stay with David or continue the free spirit existence she has been living.
Watching Open Road you’ll immediately be struck by its television movie feel. It has that low production value and lack of character development about it. Maybe director Garcia recognized his lead actress Camilla Belles’ limitations. She is not a strong actress and maybe that is why her character has no depth. Through a couple of short phone conversations she has with her sister and mother (both back in Brazil) we learn that Angie is a girl with something that happened in her past. We don’t really know what until the end and even when we find out it is just dumped in our lap then not even really gone into in any depth. The other actors are also given very little to work with.
Worse than all this is the fact that it is boring. There is nothing really that can rescue a boring film.
-The Making of Open Road