Dir. Leslie McCleave. 2005. N/R. 92mins. Catherine Kellner, Ebon Moss-Bachrach.
That indie-film perennial, the road trip, gets a few new twists in McCleave’s sometimes engaging, sometimes frustrating film. Margaret (Kellner) has an assignment to photograph toxic-waste sites across Canada. In a move that definitely falls under the heading “Unwise,” she takes along her ex-boyfriend Jay (Moss-Bachrach), who just needs to hitch a ride for the first 1,200 miles. But the car never seems to run out of gas, the towns they visit aren’t on their maps and other Rod Serling–esque shit starts happening. Are they dead? Is this the Twilight Zone? Unfortunately, the tension never develops as it would in a psychological thriller. Kellner and Moss-Bachrach almost save it, though, with their believable chemistry. (Opens Fri; Facets Cinematheque.)—Hank Sartin