2019 AWARD THIS! BEST DIRECTRESS WINNER! Not only should you see Rust Creek because it’s a decent action thriller that doesn’t rely on any big-name celebrities. You should see it because it’s an independent film made on an independent film budget. It delivers the same thrills comparable to a big studio film. Your brain may tip-off that certain moments are low budget and that there are a few minor plot holes, but your heart won’t care.
From director Jen McGowan, Rust Creek follows college student Sawyer (Hermione Corfield) driving home to Kentucky from college for Thanksgiving, but makes the detour of a lifetime to apply for a job in Washington D.C. Soon, Sawyer finds herself lost in the middle of the Kentucky forest and her GPS keeps sending her down roads that don’t exist (warning…never rely on one map app).
Out of frustration, Sawyer pulls over to find directions using this ancient piece of parchment known as a road map. With said map spread out on the hood, two cousins, both locals, Hollister (Micah Hauptman) and Buck (Daniel R. Hill), pull up and offer their unsolicited help. Sawyer instantly realizes she’s in danger and attempts to escape. During the scuffle, she is stabbed in the leg but manages to escape none-the-less.
The rest of Rust Creek is a game of cat-and-mouse between Sawyer and the boys. The injured Sawyer has to survive in the cold Kentucky forest on the cusp of winter. Hollister and Buck must find Sawyer before she draws attention to what the boys are really up to.
“…a game of cat-and-mouse between Sawyer and the boys. The injured Sawyer has to survive in the cold Kentucky forest…”
Survival in the cold overnight was not easy for Sawyer, but she stumbles on a desolate mobile home, where she comes into contact with Lowell (Jay Paulson), the third brother. But unlike the other two, he is not a killer or a thug, he is a meth chemist working feverishly to finish an essential batch of Ecstasy. Lowell decides to hide Sawyer from his brothers until it’s safe to get her to town.
"…good quality action-thrillers are not reserved for the big studios."