The Traveler

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"How do you catch a killer you've already caught?"
  • R
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 4.1  (4,874)

The Traveler is a 2010 American thriller/mystery film directed by Michael Oblowitz and starring Val Kilmer, Dylan Neal, and Paul McGillion. The film has a runtime of 96 minutes and is rated R for its violence, gore, and language. The movie begins with a mysterious traveler (Val Kilmer) arriving at a small town police station on Christmas Eve. The traveler is apprehended by Sheriff Dodd (Dylan Neal) who suspects him of manslaughter. Dodd has no record of the traveler and becomes increasingly suspicious of him. The traveler insists he is being held as a suspect in the death of a child, but Dodd has no knowledge of such a crime taking place.

As Dodd tries to get to the bottom of the traveler's story, a sense of unease permeates the small town. Strange things start happening – clocks stop ticking, lights flicker – and Dodd's long-suppressed memories of a crime he committed years ago begin to surface. The traveler seems to have an uncanny ability to manipulate reality around him, and the locals start to believe he may be more than just a suspected murderer.

Dodd's partner, Charlie (Paul McGillion), tries to help him make sense of the bizarre happenings, but he too begins to unravel under the pressure. As the night wears on, the small town becomes increasingly unstable, and Dodd realizes that the traveler isn't here by chance. He is there for him, with a score to settle.

The acting in The Traveler is strong, with Val Kilmer delivering a performance that is both eerie and captivating. His character is mysterious and unpredictable, and Kilmer manages to convey a sense of otherworldliness without overplaying it. Dylan Neal's portrayal of Sheriff Dodd is nuanced, and the audience is allowed to experience his character's internal struggle as he faces his past while trying to protect his town from the traveler's malevolent intentions. Paul McGillion's Charlie provides a welcome dose of levity to the film, as he tries and fails to make sense of the strange occurrences around him.

The cinematography in The Traveler is also noteworthy. The film is shot mostly in darkly-lit rooms, adding to the overall sense of unease and claustrophobia. There are moments of gore and violence, but they are used sparingly and effectively. There is an emphasis on close-ups, which allows the audience to see the characters' facial expressions in great detail, adding to the tension and suspense.

One of the weaknesses of The Traveler is that the plot can be slightly convoluted at times. The film jumps between flashbacks and present-day events, which can be confusing. Also, the traveler's powers of manipulation are not clearly explained, leaving some viewers scratching their heads.

Overall, The Traveler is an engaging thriller that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat. The strong performances, clever cinematography, and eerie soundtrack create a sense of unease that stays with the viewer long after the movie is over. The film succeeds in making the audience question what is real and what is not, and it is this ambiguity that makes it a memorable watch.

The Traveler is a 2010 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.1.

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    4.1  (4,874)