Hit and Run

Despite the fact that the film itself is fairly weak it still causes you to question what you would do in a similar situation. What would you do if you hit someone with your car and did not notice until you got home? Who do you sympathize with? It's a good thing that the film has these few moral dilemmas going for it as it distracts you from its glaring weaknesses.

After leaving a spring break party because she is exhausted Mary, who drives despite having drank quite a bit (Laura Breckenbridge – appeared in episodes of Gossip Girl and Boston Public), gets home to discover that her parents have gone away for the weekend. Awoken from her sleep in the middle of the night by a noise she goes to check out the garage and discovers a body under her jeep. The person is injured, but alive. The injured man attacks her and Mary has to beat him off killing him in the process. What is she going to do now?

Mary decides to bring the body into the woods and bury it. She then goes about covering up everything that happened. After that is done she tells her boyfriend Rick (Christopher Shand – Return to Sleepaway Camp) and he promises to help her. Later while watching television Mary discovers that the man she killed was a kindergarten teacher named Tim (Kevin Corrigan – Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Pineapple Express) who is believed to be missing. Rick soon turns up dead and the man Mary believes she killed is not dead at all.

Despite the fact that something awful has happened to Mary you never feel sorry for her. She is not a sympathetic character, which is kind of imperative to make this story work. Despite the situation she finds herself in Mary still behaves atrociously and so you never feel any kind of sympathy for her. Strike one. And don't even get me started about her creepy boyfriend.

Strike two is the camera work. It is almost as if director Enda McCallion (first film) aspires to be directing an artsy film. This is not an artsy film. It is just supposed to keep you creeped out and on the edge of your seat. The way he chose to film it takes away from the punch of the story.

The strength of the film is its black comedy and the fact that it is outrageous and unpredictable. You never really know where the story is going next. Could have been more than it turned out to be, though.

Special Features:
-Trailers for Mirrors, The Betrayed and Choke

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