VIDEO: The trailer for Shuttle
If you ignore the forgivable imprecision that rides with directoral debuts, Edward Anderson has made a surprisingly mature thriller. Shuttle is certainly horror, but it ignores the horror model and focuses on the slow — at times tediously slow — reveal.
Jules and Mel (Cameron Goodman and Peyton List, both excellent victims) are, along with a couple of horny boys and a mousy accountant, picked up at the airport by a discount shuttle operator (a restrained Tony Curran), who holds them at gunpoint and sets about executing his plans. Just what those plans are is the subject of the rest of the film.
Loose ends, which appear at the time to be amateur mistakes, emerge as sly misdirection. (Is it kidnapping? Torture porn? Is help coming?) And the film keeps building tension, moving slowly, methodically, to its chillingly visceral conclusion.