Synopsis: Five young filmmakers retrace the steps of a doomed group of hikers in pursuit of an unsolvable mystery.
Release Date: August 23, 2013
Thoughts: Here’s a film that can’t even decide what it wants to call itself. Released outside of the US as The Dyatlov Pass Incident (see below for the original poster), the movie has been retiled Devil’s Pass to ensnare audiences merely looking for thrills. Renny Harlin is a director that certainly has had a tough tumble down the Hollywood ladder, going from directing big budget money-makers like Cliffhanger and the surprise hit Deep Blue Sea to making a rash of films in the last few years that have bypassed theaters completely and gone direct to the bargain bin at your local shopping superstore. That’s too bad because whatever you think about Harlin’s body of work, his movies had a decent amount of style to them. Back to the film at hand, Devil’s Pass is yet another found-footage film that looks to be derivative and forgettable, a disappointing outing from a once-hot director.