By Brett Mullins
Directed by Michael Oblowitz; Written by Joseph Muscat
It’s a stormy Christmas Eve night and all is well at a small town police station. That is until a man walks in and confesses to six murders.
The Traveler sounds promising but fails to deliver enough content to entertain the audience for over 90 minutes. It feels as though the film was written for a Twilight Zone-esque series where one can often get away with a mediocre story. If it’s on cable, then it probably doesn’t have much competition anyway.
Val Kilmer stars as the bulky, stiff murder. With his long blonde hair and malevolent tone, one cannot help but feel as though his character is an emulation of Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight. Kilmer is inappropriately placed in the role of an underdeveloped, one dimensional character. The cast lacks noteworthy performances with the exception of Sierra Pitkin portraying a creepy little girl.
The Traveler attempts to fill in the gaps in its content with gore and violent flashbacks (replayed several times). This is perhaps the weakest aspect of the film, as it illustrates that there is in fact not much going on.
After the first half hour, the audience is likely to be clued in on the predictable story. As the inevitable twist came and passed, the audience is left somewhat bewildered as to the point of the film. Concoct a theory if you dare; I will simply blame the vague and sloppy script.