Blu-ray Review: ACCIDENT (2017)

ACCIDENT is the feature-length film debut from writer-director Dan Tondowski that stars an up-and-coming young cast, including Stephanie Schildknecht, Roxane Hayward, Tyrone Keogh and Keenan Arrison for this edge-of-your-seat thriller about a group of teenagers trapped at the bottom of a ravine with a psycho out to kill them.

When a foursome “borrows” a car for one night of fun, what starts as a wild joy ride turns into a nightmare. After a violent crash, they discover that being stuck at the bottom of a ravine in an overturned car is the least of their problems. The psychotic owner of the car that they stole has them in his crosshairs and will stop at nothing to get both the car and its contents back.

This 2017 South African survival-thriller follows Jess (Stephanie Schildknecht) and Caroline (Roxane Hayward), two beautiful BFFs who are headed to a music festival but they have one big issue – they don’t have a way there. So, while they’re hitchhiking, Fred (Tyrone Keogh) and Thomas (Keenan Arrison) drive by in a speeding sports car and nearly hit the two girls. The guys quickly stop and apologize to the girls by asking them if they need a lift, and while Caroline is quick to say yes, her bestie Jess reluctantly accepts the ride.

What happens is, the foursome end crashing the car and it leaves all of them injured – some worse off than others. The two guys get thrown from the crash while the two girls are trapped inside. The majority of the movie focuses on Jess and Caroline while they’re trapped inside this wreck as they try to find a way out. Once the two guys are reintroduced into the mix things change some and it shows where they actually picked up this sports car as well as the owner who is now searching for who stole it. Without spoiling too much for you let’s just say this bad situation gets a lot worse before it gets better and as soon as you think it’s finally getting better – BAM!

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details and some images. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I read a few bad reviews before I ever had the opportunity to check out Accident for myself and while I don’t think it’s a great movie, it’s not that bad. It’s a fast-paced surviival-thriller that kept my interest because it continuously introduced bad things for these girls to deal with. We’re not just talking about the violent car crash they’re in because there’s also the weather and a number of other deadly shockers thrown at them. Look, if I was trapped in a car like these two were I could’ve gotten out but for some reason they didn’t think about this. I guess? That’s really the only flaw of the movie is that the viewer will be screaming at the screen while the characters can’t figure out how to escape. Anyway, the small cast did a great job with their characters (it’s a sexy watch) and I thought Dan Tondowski did a good job for this to be his feature film debut. It’s not a great movie but it’s worth checking out. Accident will make its Blu-ray debut in the U.S. on March 19th.

Distributor: Well Go USA

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The only Blu-ray extra is the official trailer (01:35)

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