247°F (2011) Movie Review
Written By: FZ
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Directors: Levan Bakhia, Beka Jguburia (as Beqa Jguburia)
Writers: Levan Bakhia, Lloyd S. Wagner, Beka Oniani
Producers: Nika Apriashvili, Levan Bakhia, Irakli Chikvaidze, Levan Kobakhidze, David Vili
Date Released: September 1, 2011
Scout Taylor-Compton as Jenna
Travis Van Winkle as Ian
Christina Ulloa as Renee
Michael Copon as Michael
Tyler Mane as Wade
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
247°F (2011) follows four friends, Jenna, Ian, Renee and Michael who take a trip to a lakeside cabin owned by Ian’s Uncle, Wade. The group intends to spend a carefree weekend in the cabin. As part of the weekend ritual, they start the trip off by enjoying a hot sauna. So the three friends huddle into the sauna room with all the amenities of a perfect sauna. But instead, three of the friends become locked in the hot sauna. First they thought that Michael was playing a trick on them, but soon they realize that nobody is around to help them out. The heat is starting to build up and this high temperature can kill them. As the heat becomes intense, they are being pushed to their physical and psychological limits. How long can the group last in heat of 247 degree Fahrenheit.
The movie for obvious reasons is very intense and heats up fast (no pun intended). The idea of being burned alive is just unthinkable. Being confined in small room gives the viewers the feeling of being claustrophobic. To compound the matter, the characters started discussing the effect of the high temperature on the skin such as necrosis and third-degree burn. But, general, the film does not show anything grotesque but rather insinuates graphic ideas and concepts.
The Grave Review
What makes 247°F (2011) so frightening is the fact that the same circumstances can happen to anyone at any time. The filmmakers are able to set out to do what it intends to do. It is well-paced and but may be too short for a story-line to happen.
The choice of locations used in this film may have been the best aspect of this film. 247°F (2011) does contain a few intense scenes but not enough to sustain the momentum throughout the film. In addition, there were also some unnecessary editing flaws all through the movie. The viewers are just provided long flashbacks to develop the character. However, it takes away the intensity of the characters in a desperate situation.
In spite of these flaws, performance of the actors is commendable. It made the movie more watchable. The protagonists are very convincing on their respective roles and resonate good chemistry with each other.
Overall, the concept is sound but the film as a whole lacked much substance or action. As such, 247°F (2011) is more appropriate and will possibly be more effective as a TV show or short-film rather than a full length movie. There was nothing to keep the viewers’ attention going or hold the movie together. Furthermore, the ending did not leave a lasting impression or conclude the story effectively. It is unfortunate because the concept of the film had a lot of potential.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives 247°F (2011) two graves out of five graves.
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