(Luke Goss, Lance Henriksen, et al / DVD / R / 2008 / Allumination)
Overview: Eddie (Goss) finds himself being forced at a gunpoint, by an unseen assailant, on a dark and brutal journey through the harsh terrain of the Mojave desert. His nemesis is Jimmy (Henriksen), a man with an aberrant agenda; armed with a rifle, a scope, walkie-talkies and a truck, he has organized a series of ambushes and mantraps designed to push Eddie to the limits of his humanity and beyond.
DVD Verdict: I was expecting a lot more to this film from the posters that I saw. It was one of those that as you watch it you are willing it to get better. I mean, it has to, right? Not this one. There are no real twist and turns. It's predictable. It's painfully slow. BUT if you want to see a naked Luke Goss handcuffed to a giant cactus then this is the movie for you!!!
Being that this is simply the story of two men, whether it works or not depends heavily on the two actors. And not surprisingly, Henriksen is marvelous here. He is a mean son of a bitch that plays with Eddie in some pretty cruel ways. Even though a few of the “games” feel a bit like Saw, it isn’t quite so elaborate. But once you get to the abovementioned cactus scene, it gets down and dirty enough for horror audiences to squirm at.
As for Luke Goss, I really found that he was able to hold his own against Lance. He earns your sympathy with his very real show. Although most audiences will realize what is going on way before the last frame, these two play this deadly game like champs. It's just the plodding storyline and dialogue given to them that weighs this down into the mire.
So if you are looking for a smarter than average character piece with a little mayhem, 'Bone Dry' is worth the time taken to borrow from a friend; but not to be purchased out right or rented. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Mirages: The Making of 'Bone Dry'
Commentary with Brett A. Hart and Lance Henriksen
Optional Spanish Subtitles