Rest Stop: Don't Look Back

Three friends embark on a trip to track down a missing couple, risking their lives.
United States
2008
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Trickster: 
Impostor
4
Give me a break...
3.04
3.04
6
6
1
3
3
Photography
Plot
Effects
Like its predecessor, Rest Stop 2 piggybacks on everything great about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Wrong Turn franchises, without an ounce of shame, tact, and it’s nowhere as interesting. Nobody asked for this sequel, and, considering that main protagonist Nicole, previously played by Jaimie Alexander, is now interpreted by Julie Mond, continuity is pretty much ruined.
There are a few decent concepts and legit moments of terror, but nothing we haven’t seen a thousand times before. Rest Stop 2 is the very definition of torture porn, and it’s nothing more than that. I didn’t care for the protagonists, and I found, once again, the antagonists extremely annoying. They’re mismatched and we don’t buy their connection for a second.
I thought John Shiban would learn from past mistakes, but this part 1 all over again. If you liked the original, then have fun. Rest Stop 2 is well-made, skillfully directed, but the script won’t rub the average fan the right way. Whatever budget was injected into this was used wisely, but the problems with this film started with the script. It could’ve used polish.
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