Autodidact: self-taught



by V. L. Craven

Several strangers wind up in a motel in the middle of nowhere in the American southwest, stranded due to a downpour of biblical proportion. One-by-one, the people die, all seemingly on accident. Everyone suspects everyone else. Then, once the survivors are in the same room, the bodies of the deceased begin disappearing.

That story is interspersed with the story of a man scheduled to be put to death, whose psychiatrist argues for a stay of execution upon the discovery of a suppressed piece of evidence. The meeting is between the people with the power to stay his execution.

The end is one of those the-characters-are-all-in-the-main-guy’s-head jobbies, but it’s well-done. And there’s still a twist at the end that’s something of a surprise.

The filmmakers built suspense well and didn’t rely on gore–there’s a little blood and one moment that’s a little yerg, but that’s brief and the exception–which was a nice change. I was genuinely interested in where the story would go. They also had an excellent cast (John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Ray Liotta, Clea Duvall) and everyone held their own. I’d definitely recommend this one.

[I found this through GetGlue , which is a very useful site.]

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