It's a slow moving thinker of a film with steady, realistic scenarios.
While I wouldn't recommend this film for everyone I'd have to say I did enjoy it, but then I liked The American.
The idea of using your own brain to work out the answers rather than being force fed a stream of mind numbing explanation was appealing. There is no translation of foreign language, soft muddled and at times quietly indistinguishable conversations, and no explanation of where the people have come from nor where they're going or why. All things that add rather than take away from the film.
The film comes across like a good book with endless possibilities. It's refreshing, admirably frustrating in its unwillingness to give anything up.
Then there's the cinematography. Christopher Bleauvelt is brilliant in his choices. He pulls the audience into the reality of the scenes, adding an essential cinematic edge to the dialogue and action, with minimal lighting and beautiful landscapes.
Meek's Cutoff isn't the most original nor delivers the most riveting performances of 2011 but if you're looking for something that's away from the recent mainstream of filmmaking it's definitely got what you're looking for.
Meek's Cutoff comes to theatres in Vancouver May 20. check your local listings for times.