Rattlesnake review - Bites more than it can chew

Rattlesnake review - Bites more than it can chew

Halfway through Rattlesnake, you almost immerse yourself inside the world of Stephen King. Don’t be extremely surprised…this was directed by Zak Hilditch who also directed the 1922 (version of Rattlesnake). When Katrina’s (Carmen Ejogo) daughter Clara (Apollonia Pratt) gets bitten by a rattlesnake, her helplessness gets cinematographically represented in the stranded dessert. A mysterious woman agrees to help her, but like every classic film, everything comes at a cost. She agrees to save the soul only if she can fetch her another soul and she has until sundown. The feature-length film becomes slightly tiring, probably because we already know the story. The script does not address the larger aspect of the film but only the moral battle Katrina fights within herself. The short story, (which released on an online platform) fails to remain short and the flaws almost become obvious. When horror stories do not end when they should, and bring in excessive morality, somewhere down the lane, the film loses its charm and all you want to know is how exactly does it end…(in this one). A single mother is forced to kill someone, the film has emotional depth but later it drags beyond necessity. The film is so concentrated on Katrina’s emotions that it fails to explore other characters, they only remain as props, including Clara the daughter. Although, visually the film had an interesting start, (in a large beige colour palette) and relates to the title of the film but the momentum doesn't last long. Rattlesnakes are geographically found in the desert, thereby it keeps a sepia tone. If you have laundry to complete and dishes to wash, you can go and finish your chores, (without pausing) because there is nothing to lose. Rating: 2.5/5


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