247°F (2011) **
D: Levan Bakhia, Beqa Jguburia
C: Scout Taylor-Compton, Christina Ulloa, Travis Van Winkle, Michael Copon, Tyler Mane, Rene Etore, Tornike Gogrichiani
Plot Synopsis: A group of friends weekend of fun turns into a nightmare when they find themselves locked in a sauna without any way of getting out.
Review: When it comes to films in which people are trapped in not only a remote setting, but a setting that is dangerous, the main idea is to take a setting that people take for granted just how dangerous it is. You then place a bunch of characters into this type of setting. You make it so the characters can't escape from that setting. Next, you have to up the ante as the situation becomes more dire. And finally, you watch the characters squirm as they realize that they might not be able to escape this troubling predicament.
247°F satisfies the general requirements necessitated by this sub-genre, however it doesn't do anything that makes it stand out. The setting itself, a sauna, is slightly different, but not enough that it brings any kind of distinction to 247°F. The characters, for the most part, aren't annoying as is the case with a lot of these films, but no one in particular stands out either. There's simply no one to root for.
There is some suspense, but not enough that it made me squirm or clinch onto my arm rest in anticipation. The pacing is decent. The performances are serviceable. The overall production values are OK. 247°F, in general, is just a very average film. No one element is memorable. The film's averageness makes it bland. It's watchable, but it's also the type of film that's instantly forgettable. [R] 90 mins.
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