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About the Movie
Laine, a young woman on the run from the law, turns up at The Frontier,an isolated desert motel. She is offered a job by Luanne, the owner, and,hoping to lose herself in the obscurity of the place, accepts it. But soon, Laine realizes she has stumbled into an even bigger and more dangerous situation.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 5
- Fresh: 2
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: An appreciably moody but dramatically stilted crime drama that exudes a certain retro appeal before collapsing into a series of empty neo-noir poses.
Cool Cinematic Heaven!
This gem of a film is the most wonderful cinematic experience! A pulpy film noir that seduces the senses, arouses your cinematic love, titillates with impeccable craftsmanship, and spews vigorous passion! Behold and bask in the glory of The Frontier!
For fans of Noir and 1970’s cinema
With its stylish cinematography and labyrinthine plot The Frontier is
up there as one of the best of the bygone era of intentionally slow
paced, suspenseful, well crafted film making. If you miss the films of
yesteryear, the ones that had grit, character and an aesthetic
sensibility, then you are going to want to see The Frontier. This film
has all of that and then some.
Director Oren Shai takes you in to a dreamy, shadowy world that looks a
lot like the covers of the hard-boiled pulp novels of the 50's and
60's. Every shot is gorgeously cinematic and my favorite thing about
this movie is how much space Shai gives the viewer just to observe and
revel in moments between the dialogue. The story is told as much
through a frame on a characters face with a certain look in their eye,
or a shot of landscape that portrays the remote emptiness they are
surrounded by, as it is by its clever sharp-tongued dialogue. A
haunting score adds to the richness of the visuals as well.
I won't give too much away about the plot, but the story centers around
Laine (exquisitely played by Jocelin Donahue) who we don't know much
about except that she's a girl on the run. Where she came from or where
she's going nobody knows. All we know is that she stumbles upon a kooky
set of misfit thieves, awaiting their loot in a dusty motel in the
desert, and she seems to be trying to escape danger but has landed in
to something that could be far worse. But the heroine is up to tricks
of her own and soon we can't tell if she's the one in trouble or the
one making it. The plot that starts off steady and cool, quickly
becomes a roller coaster ride of twisty turns, girls with guns, double
crossing, triple crossing and good guys gone bad, bad guys gone even
worse. It's great fun to watch and just when you think you know what's
happening, you're on to another jaw-dropping scenario.
All in all, it's very entertaining but also a great piece art. I'm very
happy to have discovered this hidden gem and I highly recommend!