Toad Road

Production Year: 2012
Release Date: 12/17/2013
Studio: Artsploitation Films

After years of alcoholism and drug abuse James (James Davidson) decides it's time for a change, but before he gets a chance to kick his bad habits he meets Sara (Sara Anne Jones), a young girl who's just starting her journey down roads he no longer wishes to travel.  Taken with her, he begins to introduce Sara to different hallucinatory substances.  Sara is essentially looking for nirvana through hallucinatory trips.

While James has a "been there, done that" attitude and believes drugs to be halting his existence, Sara seems to think otherwise, that she can reach some sort of pinnacle of spirituality with increased usage.

This is where "Toad Road" comes into play.  Toad Road is an urban legend, a long trail secluded by a forest with seven different gates.  With the entrance of each gate you descend further and further into hell.  Sara wishes to travel down Toad Road while tripping on acid.  Smart kid.

Toad Road is a film that really relies on the viewers interpretation.  What I got from the film; what I believe happened to the characters, could possibly be world's different than your views.  With that said, a large part of your enjoyment with this film will lie on your opinion of the characters within.  If you find them annoying, stupid, or jaded, you're likely not going to have a good time with this flick.

I will say that the characters did wear thin with me about 50 minutes into the movie, and while the ideas presented in this film are interesting it seems to never go anywhere until the last 20 minutes or so.  Even then, the rest of the film feels a bit convoluted, unsure of where it's going and what kind of film it is.  It's a pity really, as the whole urban legend behind "Toad Road" is a good one, though sadly one that never pans out.

Audio Commentary with Jason Banker, James Davidson, Jamie Siebold, Scott Rader, and Jorge Torres-Torres

Deleted Scenes (11:21) - Five deleted scenes are available for your viewing pleasure.  They're presented in one 11 minute block with chapter stops.  The deleted scenes do add a bit of characterization, but not much else.

Behind the scenes (12:59) - This isn't that great, it's basically just the actors doing hallucinatory drugs and lighting farts.  I'm not kidding.  There are a few scenes of the crew setting up shots but that's about it.

DUI Story (3:47) - One of the actresses recants about a time she was put in jail after getting pulled over.

Artsploitation Trailers (7:52) - Animals (1:52), Clip (1:42), Hemel (1:49), and Vanishing Waves (2:29).  

While the extras are plentiful there's not much to chew on here, folks.

Toad Road is one of the first films released by Elijah Woods' studio Spectrevision.  While I really wanted to like it, I'm afraid it fell flat with me.  As I mentioned a lot of what this film represents is purely up to viewer interpretation, so your views on the movie might vary radically when compared to mine.  My best advice to those interested is to watch the trailer and give it a rental.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, it sounds pretty interesting. I think I'll save it in my Netflix Queue.