Directors Kevin and Michael Goetz recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner about their new dramatic thriller “Scenic Route.”
In “Scenic Route,” which opens Friday, Aug. 23 exclusively at Harkins Arizona Mills, Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler play best friends who are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. As the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other's life decisions with unwavering brutality.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Kevin and Michael by clicking on the image in the upper left-hand corner of this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the directors discuss the theme of doubting one’s own reality in “Scenic Route.”
“The film’s theme is in itself metaphorical of filmmaking. You are creating another reality when you make a film. We have always been fascinated by that and we love movies that are ambiguous in some way and sort of let the audience choose how it ends or what it makes them feel. So when we read the script, I think that was one of the things that really drew us to it.
“And we really related to it as well. The themes are talking about when you suddenly come to this place in your life where everything that you thought that you were going to be and what you really are do not match up anymore. It is kind of the end of a dream. Those themes really spoke to us. And then to take a movie that is a one setting thing and trying to come up with a way to end it that is different and has not really been done and really in the mind because it kind of answers all of these questions that go along with the very beginning, that ending just sort of became the only way.
“And we knew that ending was tough. We knew that some people can walk out of films like this being unsatisfied. But there was really no other way to end this. This movie just spoke to so many themes of what is real and what is not, so we knew that we kind of just had to go for it. So we went full-speed with that slightly ambiguous ending that some people are finding still sticks with them and haunts them after a while. And that is what we wanted to do. We really want to make people think.” - Kevin and Michael Goetz