Devil’s Pass aka The Dyatlov Pass Incident was a really good movie that captured my attention from the very beginning to the ending of the movie because it is based on a real life event. Although this movie captured my attention and was good, I would give it 6 stars because it had its bland moments as well. I was a little confused at the ending but after putting everything I saw together, I totally got what happened. Devil’s Pass is a documentary about a young girl, Holly King (Holly Goss) who tries to retrace the path of Dyatlov team to find out what exactly happened to their group. Holly is a psychology student from the University of Oregon. The Dyatlov group consisted of nine Russians, mainly students who had unexplainable deaths in the Russian mountains in 1959. It is sad that these 9 deaths have never been explained and remain unsolved to this day. Please note that I do not know anything about the Dyatlov Pass Incident so I am not sure if Devil’s Pass is really one hundred percent accurate about the Dyatlov group.
Holly got accepted for a loan that she applied for and then got a team of five Oregonian students together not long after. She has filmmaker Jenson Day (Matt Stokoe), guides Andy Thatcher (Ryan Hawley) and JP Hauser Jr. (Luke Albright) and audio technician Denise Evers (Gemma Atkinson). Everyone on the group wanted to leave at one point or another during their journey except for Holly who is the team leader. They saw so many things going wrong but yet stayed to get their answer as why did the Dyatlov group die and eventually lost their lives as well.
The first part of the movie was somewhat fun as they were a group of young adults or soon to be adults traveling, sight seeing and discovering new places until they reached their destination. I was so hoping that they would listen to the old guy in the psych retirement home but of course they ignored what he wrote, they ignored the workers at the psych home and also the old lady who was one of the searchers who discovered the Dyatlov team dead in the mountains.
Their journey through the snow and scenery were just plain amazing, breath taking and pure awesomeness to me. The acting was not all that great though. Director Renny Harlin did an okay job with Devil’s Pass. The cast, effects, scenery, alien like figures, underground lab where it seems like an evil scientist resides and all around setting of the movie was just good. With all those things mentioned, the movie still has its flaws and that is why I rate it a six out of ten stars.
About Devil's Pass (2013)
Starring: Jane Perry, Richard Reid, Boris Stepanov, Matt Stokoe, Anastasiya Burdina, Luke Albright, Valeriya Fedorovich, Ryan Hawley, Gemma Atkinson, Nikolay Butenin, Nelly Nielsen, Valeriy Fedorovich, Aleksey Kink, Sergey Lobanov, Oleg Kurlov, Dmitriy Miheev, Anton Klimov, Igor Kulachko, Aleksey Nesterov, Leonid Lutvinskiy, Holly Goss
Director: Renny Harlin