A bloody, and gruesome thriller, THE TRAVELER stars Val Kilmer as a mysterious stranger whose past threatens to haunt the lives of six unsuspecting sheriff's deputies. The moment he arrives in their small town police station confessing to multiple murders, their lives are forever changed.forever...
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"They Pay You for the Bad Ones Too..."
When asked about a particular cinematic floater in which he had
appeared, Robert Mitchum replied, "They pay you for the bad ones too!"
I am assuming that Val Kilmer has adopted that as his personal mantra
to get him through this latest phase of his career. So far in the past
week I have watched Kilmer in The Traveler, Streets of Blood and The
Thaw and all of them are terrible.Not his fault, of course, he's just
an actor. He is forced to deal with the scripts he is given.The Traveler shows promise at the start, despite the derivative nature
of the script and the stereotypes that take the place of characters.
Once the supernatural huggery-muggery begins that promise rapidly
begins to fade. The story makes no sense. At first it is hinted that
Kilmer is the ghost of a wrongly killed man and he is going to enact
revenge on the deserving occupants of the police station a la High
Plains Drifter. If the script would have stayed with that angle it
might have produced an interesting film,if only on the simplistic and
preachy level of an old Twilight Zone. But the pernicious influence of
M. Night Shyamalan on a whole generation of screenwriters forces the
offending scripter to try a big twist at the end and--a common failing
with gimmicks of this type--the big reveal is absurd and makes no
sense. It also invalidates everything that came before in terms of
logic or coherence. Ah well, better luck next time.
Promising and Creeping Beginning, Disappointing Conclusion
OkÃ©, so.Val Kilmer once again playing a role that's far beneath him. With
actors not worth mentioning, in a ridiculous story with a ridiculous
plot twist.Here we have a drifter, apparently on a vendetta, turning himself into
the police who are the obvious victims. Oh BTW I forgot, a little girl
dies in the beginning of the movie, which makes you think: 'Maybe
that's why he wants revenge'. But no, the girl turns out to be the
murdered daughter of a detective in the precinct.So why is he 'killing' these cops? WHO KNOWS. And the end twist which
is the single most ridiculous thing about this movie, only get's you so
far as to start thinking: 'Wait, so we were rooting for a child
murderer and suspected pedophile the whole movie without knowing it?'.Btw, did I mention it? He has supernatural powers. Yep, a child
murderer with supernatural powers taking his revenge on the police.
Thank you Michael Oblowitz, for ruining at least 40 minutes of my life
before I decided to fast forward through all the bulls**t.
Read more IMDb reviews
On the Christmas Eve in a small town, a stranger (Val Kilmer) enters in
the precinct and tells the Desk Sergeant Gulloy (Chris Gauthier) that
he had murdered six people. Detective Alexander Black (Dylan Neal)
arrests the man in a cell and Deputy Jerry Pine (Paul McGillion),
Deputy Jane Hollow (Camille Sullivan), Deputy Toby Sherwood (Nels
Lennarson) and Deputy Jack Hawkins (John Cassini) are not able to
identify him since the stranger does not have fingerprints. They call
him Mr. Nobody and Deputy Hawkins recalls that he resembles the haired
drifter that they had arrested and tortured one year ago, when the
daughter of Detective Black had vanished. Along the night, while Mr.
Nobody confesses each murder and whistles Lacrimosa from Mozart's
Requiem, each deputy dies. Sooner Detective Black discovers that Mr.
Nobody is a revengeful spirit that has come to kill them for what they
did to the drifter one year ago and they are doomed to die."The Traveler" is a weird film with a promising and creeping beginning
but also a disappointing conclusion. The mysterious and supernatural
story works very well until the moment Mr. Nobody confesses that he was
not innocent but guilty indeed. From this moment on, the plot becomes
pointless and makes no sense, destroying what could have been a good
movie. My vote is four.Title (Brazil): "O Viajante" ("The Traveler")