Blind Horizon Release Date: 5 March 2004 (Italy) Genre: Drama | Thriller Director(s): Michael Haussman Writer(s): F. Paul Benz & Steve Tomlin Starring: Val Kilmer, Neve Campbell, Sam Sheppard, Amy Smart Decent attempt at a film noire from overly artistic director Haussman and studio Millennium Films (a division of Nu Image) has Val Kilmer portraying […]

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Blind Horizon
Release Date: 5 March 2004 (Italy)
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Director(s): Michael Haussman
Writer(s): F. Paul Benz & Steve Tomlin
Starring: Val Kilmer, Neve Campbell, Sam Sheppard, Amy Smart

Decent attempt at a film noire from overly artistic director Haussman and studio Millennium Films (a division of Nu Image) has Val Kilmer portraying an amnesiac man who discovers he has numerous secrets when he wakes up in a hospital bed after being shot in the back by an unknown assailant for an unknown reason.

Over the next hour and a half, Blind Horizon proceeds to throw plot twists, some obvious and some not, at us in attempt to create a mysterious atmosphere. Neve Campbell makes her entrance soon after Frank Kavanugh (Kilmer) awakens, introducing herself as Frank’s fiancé. But she can’t control Frank, who through a series of flashbacks and odd meetings, comes to believe the small, smoky town he is currently residing in will soon lay sight to the assassination of the President.

There’s not much more I can say about the plot without venturing into spoiler territory. That’s a good thing, though. While I could easily see where they were going with the basic story from the moment Kilmer speaks of the assassination, I totally dug how they found their way to that point. The fact that it’s complicated and confusing at times made it better or worse depending on the moment at hand. There are some unnecessary plots (Amy Smart’s role as a whole, the small town election), and Neve Campell is incredibly uninteresting, but Kilmer is effective in his role. His participation hoists this above normalcy, as without him, this would just be another slow thriller with an overambitious director at the helm.

The soundtrack by scorers Machine Head is tremendous, which is another factor that allows for such a rating despite Blind Horizon’s flaws.

DVD: I expected the film to be barebones, but got two little surprises. “Music by Machine Head,” is a fifteen-minute featurette on the team who scored the film. Hauntingly moody, Machine Head did an incredibly job here. There’s also “The Cutting Room,” which is a half-interesting, nineteen-minute piece about the movie’s post-production.

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