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DVD Review: Thirst

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First Look Studios is releasing a new movie titled Thirst starring Lacey Chabert and Tygh Runyan on DVD on June 22. Lacey Chabert is best known for her roles in Mean Girls and Lost in Space. Tygh Runyan is most remembered for his roles in Snakes on a Plane and K19: The Widowmaker.

Two young couples head out into the desert in California for a sexy photo shoot. Their car crashes into a ravine and they're stranded in the middle of the desert with no way out and no supplies. As expected, the heat and lack of supplies cause tension between the four and the elements soon take their toll and each person starts to wonder if they'll make it out of the desert alive.

First, let me say that this is a great movie as far as the suspense goes. But, honestly, these have to be the stupidest people I have ever seen in my life. First, they head into the desert without telling anyone where they're going. Since they're traveling on vacation, no one expects them to be anywhere at a certain time so no one notices when they disappear for days. Second, as if that isn't bad enough, they head onto locked private property (without permission) and leave the main road so no one is going to come across them while traveling from point A to point B. Third, they head out on this journey wearing shorts and tank tops and sandals. They have no head protection, no protection from the sun, and worst of all — besides the couple bottles of water they grab at the last store they drive by — NO WATER. If there are honestly people this stupid out there, they deserve what they get.

If you ignore the unbelievable stupidity of the two couples, the movie itself is fairly good. As expected they make lots of stupid decisions like leaving the main road to wander around aimlessly in the desert in search of some town that they think is over that way somewhere, although how they're going to make sure what direction they're heading in without a compass is not really clear. They never once attempt to get the crashed car out of the ravine and back onto the road or to see if they can start it once it crashes and they decide to travel during the day when the sun is at its hottest instead of traveling at night when it's cooler.

The tension between the two couples adds a nice touch and there are several scenes that made me jump unexpectedly. I really liked the ending (no, I'm not telling) because it isn't really clear which way it goes. It sort of implies one thing but depending on how you take it, it could go either way. I always choose to believe it has a happy ending when I can but you need to watch it to make up your own mind.

The total running time is 90 minutes and the movie is rated R for some language and disturbing material.

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