Dir. Olatunde Osunsanmi
I didn't want to do it, guys. I know how many people out there hate spoilers and I tend to spoil movies in my reviews more often than not BUT I usually try to withhold from spoilers with twist endings and surprise killers in movies. However, the twist ending in this movie is its ONLY SAVING GRACE. So I kind of have to do it in order to give a complete review, but if you don't want to know who the killer is, just, um, don't read the last couple paragraphs? (Sowwy.)
That aside, Evidence started out great. For about all of three minutes. Our movie begins in 2012 in Kidwell, Nevada with a wide angle shot on a crime scene. Fire ablaze, cops and coroners in mid-motion, everything and everyone frozen in time as the camera pans and zooms with ease on a disembodied arm, an incinerated body, a flipped shuttle bus, and a video camera being confiscated as evidence. Everything is in bright vivid overly-contrasted colors with intense music playing and it is awesome.
Then we have about an hour and twenty-five minutes of crap. Detectives Reese and Burquez are on task to review the video evidence recovered from the crime scene, on which we meet Leann, an aspiring actress, Rachel a documentary filmmaker, and Tyler, Leann's emo boyfriend who proposes to her at the beginning of the movie and gets hit with a,"No, I can't." Ouch, it burns. Even after the cold rejection, Tyler, Leann, and Rachel set off on a shuttle bus for a Vegas vacation they had been planning. Their fellow passengers are Vicki, a dancer from Russia, Stephen a teenage magician, and a strange redhead middle-aged woman carrying a duffle bag full of cash.
All of this footage, by the way, is shot through Rachel's handheld camera with her as the narrator and she is annoying as balls and she never gets any less annoying throughout the movie. She is snarky and conceited and snippy and none of it in a charming way. Anyway, Ben, the shuttle driver ends up taking them down a back road as a shortcut to get through to Vegas when all of a sudden the bus runs over some barbed wire and flips. Everyone is alive but shaken up and head out to the nearest abandoned dusty town full of vehicles and sheds to search for a phone.
|Shut up, Rachel.|
|Gotta get my best angle.|
HERE'S WHERE THE SPOILERY STUFF HAPPENS
Does anyone else experience this like I do? You sit through a movie being bored, disappointed, unimpressed, but then something so badass happens at the end, you're like "Well, crap, now I like it" but you don't want like it? Ah, so conflicting!! I totally appreciate the typical bait and switch setup of Ben supposedly being the killer and then I started to figure Leann might be the killer or even Tyler but I didn't put together that it was all three of them and that they had meticulously planned this from weeks before. And then I go, "A-ha, there's actually a reason why every time the camera was dropped, they landed precisely in frame!!" They got their footage on all the major media outlets, they're famous, mission accomplished.
However, one question remains, why did Ben take them down that back road if it was supposed to be a nonstop trip to Vegas? Dun, dun, dun...