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Big Sky

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, unsurprising thriller lacks tension despite twist.

Movie NR 2015 90 minutes
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Big Sky has a simple premise that could have been interesting, had it been executed well ... but it wasn't. The question of how an agoraphobic girl can overcome her debilitating fears in the open desert to save her dying mom is compelling. But what it needed to work is an actress who can really tap into -- and show -- a deep fear; Thorne, unfortunately, mostly mutters to herself and stares at the sand with a blank look. For a girl who's afraid to leave her bedroom, it seems like her phobia comes and goes, as she trudges across the sand with a determined gait; Hazel seems mostly bored, rather than terrified.

The rest of the film is flawed as well, from the bumbling kidnappers who have no coherent plan, to the drugged-out biker who appears from nowhere in the middle of the desert and then disappears from the film without serving much of a purpose. The pieces simply don't fit together, and viewers aren't given much reason to care how it turns out.

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