One of the starkest realities of life is that tragedies happen. They’re very real, and they occur every day. Tragedies have a way of knocking us down and out – removing all of our emotional and psychological energy to the point of our utter exhaustion – and they force us to re-examine the way that we not only found ourselves there but also how we grow and get beyond them. In fact, I’d make the case that how we get beyond a tragedy uniquely defines how we’re going to spend whatever days lie ahead, and that’s a sentiment very much at the core of BLIND TURN.
Samantha Holt (played by Rachel Boston) lived what she believed was a storybook life … right up until the point that she accidentally took the lives of three victims – a mother and her two children – in an accident resulting from a ‘blind turn.’ Bruce Miller (Jay Dee Walters) – the family’s surviving father – has lived a year in great emotional pain; but once he sees that Samantha is going about her own life without the remorse he feels, he decides to make it his personal mission to teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.
Now … I’m gonna stop you right there …
Revenge – by its very treacherous nature – can mostly be perceived as an unlawful act. What BLIND TURN does uniquely well is it tries to straddle that fine line between a distraught man usurping vengeance and a concerned citizen only trying to find peace in knowing he’s done what’s “right” in a very creative way that can’t be discussed without spoiling the plot. Suffice it to say that much of the film came across as a jilted, somewhat wicked revenge flick … but that’s hardly the ultimate message the story conveys by the conclusion. While I wasn’t completely won over here, I’m certainly willing to concede that I was pleasantly surprised with some late turns in the picture – some twists you may or may not see coming – and it all ends up being a very serviceable film. Granted, I don’t agree with everything here – it ends up being a message film, and I think that tries to sidestep the potentially irresponsible way the message was delivered – but the closing sentiments were handled very well with great emotion and very movingly. I didn’t “buy” all of it, but it was a pleasant enough diversion to warrant a solid three-star rating.
Well done. Well done, indeed.
By the conclusion, BLIND TURN plays out as a bit of an anomaly, coming across as some twisted ‘After School Special.’ As I want to be clear, let me say it directly: it has a solid message – one that works well for advocacy against drunk driving – and that should definitely be applauded. There are some scenes of torture – and, yes, it is torture despite the fact that I’ve read other reviewers trying to downplay or poo-poo it completely – and I can’t help but wonder if there couldn’t have been a more effective way to capture the same mood and deliver the same message.
BLIND TURN is a production of FilmWorks Entertainment and Point Zero Seven Productions in association with Dahlia Street Films. As best as I’ve been able to determine, DVD distribution is being handled by FilmWorks. It looks and sounds about as solid as the next independent production – I had to crank it up in order to hear quite a bit of Walters’ dialogue. Special features include a ten minute interview with Director Robert Orr (it’s definitely worth watching AFTER you watch the film, not before), a music video, the film’s trailer, and a photo gallery.
RECOMMENDED. It’s not a perfect film. BLIND TURN suffers a bit from false advertising built into the script in order to, perhaps, make it a bit more marketable than its message would be without. In simpler terms, “revenge film” is written all over this, but the film’s ultimate moral of the story is that true forgiveness is only possible when it starts within; it’s a powerful message that kinda/sorta gets diluted by the SAW ‘School of Storytelling’ approach given center stage here. Does it all work? Well, I wouldn’t give it three stars if I didn’t think it warranted three stars – I just don’t agree all that much with the journey we took to get to the effective and impactful destination.
In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at FilmWorks provided me with a DVD screener copy of BLIND TURN by request for the expressed purposes of completing this review.