Let me start off by saying that it blew away all my expectations. Thetrailer looked good so I picked it up expecting yet another low budget,straight-to-DVD action flick with small appearances by a couple ofsemi-recognizable stars (Fred Ward, Tremors; Lea Thompson, Back to theFuture). Big mistake; this movie was so much more.<br><br>This was not your standard action movie. The characters start out asone dimensional cardboard cut-outs that all find themselves on the samebus to El Paso (ex-GI chick with mysterious past, angry coach, hornyteen, artsy chick, foreign guy, worried mom... you get the idea). Butwhen the action picks up and situations start to arise, each charactershows a second or third dimension. Seriously, even people who die earlyon become more than just cardboard cut-outs. Props to the screenwriterand director for creating such great characters.<br><br>Another great thing about this movie is its strong female characters.There are no damsels in distress who need to be saved here. Everywoman, in her own way, is an absolute bad*ss. I'll even go as far as tosay that there is a character in this movie who ranks among Ripley andSarah Connor in the most bad*ss woman in cinema category.<br><br>If I have to nag about something, though, it's the pacing. There are acouple of long stretches in this movie where little to no actionhappens, but I guess that's where character development fills innicely.<br><br>I'll end by saying I recommend this movie to anyone who loves a goodaction and that this movie deserves a much higher rating than itscurrent 5.0/10.
On Christmas Eve, ten strangers board a bus traveling across Texas. Far out in the wilds they collide with a meth-addicted biker. Forced off the road by other members of the gang, the passengers take refuge in the hell hole of an abandoned scrap yard. They use improvised weapons and sheer guts to mount a defense against the murderous bikers but, as their numbers dwindle, they realize that their survival depends on doing the unthinkable. They must go on the offensive.
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