Rust Creek Reviews
Great job with canera work, details and characters!
I am also a self-defense advocate internationally and nationally. When the lead, Sawyer, played beautifully by Hermione Corfield, is running around her track at her college, I could feel the peril looming.
So many times peril means that she will just flat out be assaulted and lose right there. But trope-busting Sawyer does fight back and damages her assailants enough to get away!!!
My fondest dream is that people who see this movie enroll their daughters in no-holds-barred forms of self-defense like the IMPACT systems or Krav Maga. Like no kidding, and no shin kicking for Sawyer-like gals but effective and damsel inflicted damage.
If I have one criticism of Rustic Creek it is that hypothermia would have been as deadly as the meth dealers in the subzero temperatures in the Kentucky woods. I was pretty sure that a person would die overnight in that situation, bleeding and with no warm clothing. That took me out of the story a tad.
Director Jen McGowan shines as a director of actors. Lowell, the meth cooker in this tale of tawdry country drug-dealing, (played by Jay Paulson) is complicated and his scenes with Sawyer were completely non-stereotypical and yes, inspiring. That the two could simply listen to one another without one-upping the other, and offering hope instead was touching. I hope McGowan and her next picture uses her talent for quiet and intimate scenes even more.