Well, it was that kind of movie at the start, but somewhere towards the back half it turned into something else and lost most of its compelling attributes, which probably has to due with Director Michael G. Bartlett re-writing the latter half of the film.
Having now seen the movie, we'd really like to see how the final act went in the original script.
|DON'T CALL THE SHERIFF OR ANYTHING, YOU CAN HANDLE IT.|
|"BEING SCARED IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LIVE!"|
|MAYBE STAY OUT OF THE WOODS NEXT TIME.|
|WELL, THEY SEEM TO HAVE THE HANG OF IT. ZING!|
The cast is also pretty solid in this one, with the kids all coming off as realistic and likable. Some of the performances were a bit stiff, but for the most part, we them, and we were rooting for them to survive.
|DON'T RUN, JUST STAND THERE AND STARE WHILE THE MANIACS THAT CRUCIFIED AND BURNED THAT PERSON ALIVE ARE COMING FOR YOU.|
The more the movie wore on, the less interested we became.
The flashbacks and the burgeoning love story that were supposed to add emotional weight to the movie, didn't. All of the emotional beats felt rushed and disingenuous, and if anything, they took us out of the movie even more. There's just far too much forced, overly-sappy exposition in this one, and not near enough tension or terrifying incident. I mean, it's there, it just wasn't all that effective.
It honestly felt like the first half of the movie was written and directed by one person, and then someone else came in and finished the rest of it off in their own, different way. Which it basically was.
|WHY ARE YOU LAYING IN FRONT OF THE DOOR? MOVE!|
Are we honestly supposed to believe that two kids, both of whom are traumatized, injured, and exhausted, are just going to suddenly turn into some sort of ass-kicking commando duo? I mean it was only a few minutes prior that the girl went into diabetic shock, and now after a bite if chocolate and eating a peach, she's well enough to go hunting a hulking maniac with an automatic rifle?
The shot of them standing there, guns in hand, looking into the woods with that "knowing what they have to do" look on their faces, was just laughable.
|SOMEONE DIDN'T JUST PULL THIS ENDING OUT OF THEIR ASS. NOT AT ALL.|
Treehouses are evil. Also, re-writes can, and usually do, kill decent movies.
|ALSO, DON'T EVER CALL ANYONE "BABY BEAR." IT'S STUPID.|
Treehouse is available now on Cable In-Demand VOD.
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