MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3 1/2

In a metaphysical thriller that captures viewers from the beginning, 10 strangers get caught in a massive rainstorm while en route to different destinations and end up finding shelter at a remote desert motel along the highway. The gathering includes a limo driver (John Cusack), a cop (Ray Liotta), a prostitute (Amanda Peet), an aging TV actress (Rebecca DeMornay), bickering newlyweds (William Lee Scott and Clea DuVall), a prisoner (Jake Busey), and a family (John McGinley, Leila Kenzle and Bret Loehr). That night they live a nightmare as they are stalked by a killer who is murdering them one by one. They come to the frightening realization that their arrival at the hotel was no mere coincidence; they were drawn to the hotel by an evil, sadistic force. Most of them panic, but they must work together to find a way of escape from this unimaginable evil. Through twists of horror, the elusiveness of the murderer and the uncertainty of escape, viewers will remain entranced in jaw-clenching suspense.

Ed, the limo driver, is the stable-minded one, a pillar of confidence and strength for the panicked travelers. The lifestyle of Paris who is a prostitute, is portrayed as unacceptable, but she is shown to have value and worth despite her behavior. The film, however, is filled with gruesome scenes, including a decapitated head, a baseball bat shoved down a persons throat, two people smashed by cars, and many bloodied bodies in graphic images of murder. The suggestion is made that a nearby Indian burial ground may have something to do with the killings. The film is filled with numerous profanities, crudities and obscenities, including more than 25 f-words and nine s-words. Identitys MPAA rating of R for strong violence and language is well deserved.

Preview Reviewer: Troy Dandrea

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: many (14) times mild 4, regular 10.

Obscene Language: many (37) times F-word 25, S-word 9, other 3.

Profanity: many (18) times regular 12, exclamatory 6.

Violence: many times mild/moderate (many verbal threats of physical violence, several people are tied down or handcuffed), graphic (cars smashing people, bat shoved in persons throat, a decapitated head, stitching of a head wound, dead corpse in freezer, two killed by gunshots, murder by a gardening pick, one death in explosion of car, a stabbing with a knife).

Sex: once hooker dressed in leather straps shown putting whip cream on an old mans bare chest.

Nudity: once a lot of skin shown on a rain-soaked woman.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: once a mention of not getting sex.

Drugs: none.

Other: the dead of the grave said to be haunting the motel.

Running Time: 90 minutes.
Intended Audience: Adults.

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