An escaped murderer (AJ Bowen) is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend (Amy Seimetz), who has fled to start a new life in a small town.
Director Adam Wingard, best known for the indie flick "Pop Skull", is a guy who focuses on style. That is still true here, but we see more plot development than we saw in "Pop Skull". For me, that is exciting. (I had to pass on an interview with Wingard, so sadly I cannot stress this point more with his own view added). I am all about the writing, not so much the visuals of a film (which actually seems odd given my love of Dario Argento).
The visuals Wingard is associated with are here, with some camera shots pointing away from the subjects, a gritty grindhouse appearance, and "light spots" in scenes that clearly do not benefit from having spots over important characters. And the focus goes in and out. But that is how Wingard rolls. Is he the next Vincent Gallo? He might be (and I mean that in the nicest possible way).
The film has something of an unusual shower scene, at least from my point of view. I was not aware you could pay ten dollars for an hour in the bathroom. Is this how truck stop bathrooms work? I suppose that might make sense. And you have to respect a man who shaves his beard into a mustache -- mustaches are hard to pull off, but if you are a serial killer, you can do this.
Keeping characters and times straight is a bit complicated, distracting and somewhat annoying. Tracking the killer is easy by his facial hair, but the other characters are kind of a jumbled mess. Maybe this is me, and maybe a repeat viewing would clear this up... if I ever have time to watch this again, I will!