CENTIGRADE – Review by Lana Wilson Combs

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The incredible survivalist drama Centigrade gave me chills and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Centigrade, from director Brendan Walsh (TV’s Nurse Jackie ) and screenwriter Daley Nixon is loosely based on a true story which occurred in 2002. The movie could have just as easily been titled Trapped since that’s the scary situation the film’s stars, Genesis Rodriguez, (TV’s The Fugitive) and Vincent Piazza (TV’s Passage) find themselves in while traveling in a rented SUV to the arctic mountains of Norway.

Naomi (Rodriguez) is an American author and has been invited on a book tour for her latest novel. Sounds like a nice little escape, right?

Not really. They get caught in a horrific snowstorm and decide to pull over. Then they fall asleep and wake up trapped and buried underneath tons of snow and ice.

Who falls asleep during a snowstorm?

As if that weren’t dramatic enough, did I mention that Naomi is eight months pregnant? You would think she would have postponed this book tour.

Naomi and Matt don’t have much food on hand or nearly enough clothes or blankets to keep them warm for the duration they’ll be snowed under. It’s not an overnight thing either.

Despite their grim ordeal, initially Matt seems calm and collected and MacGyver-like smart enough to find a way to get them out safe and sound.

But as the hours keep ticking away, their lovey-dovey marriage becomes tested. All the comforting words they had for each other earlier have given way to plenty of bickering and arguing.

Naomi wants to break the car window to try and get out, and walk for help, but Matt insists on waiting for someone to rescue them. It doesn’t happen. Surviving this will require some extreme and disturbing measures.

Centigrade is a solid containment thriller. It does an excellent job wearing on your emotions and makes you wonder how you would respond if ever in a similar situation.

Norway is still on by bucket list, but believe me, after seeing Centigrade I won’t be visiting during the winter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can view the video of Tara McNamara’s interview with Genesis Rodriguez on AWFJ’s YouTube channel. Or read the transcript of the interview on AWFJ.org.

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Lana Wilson-Combs

Lana Wilson-Combs has more than 20 years experience as a journalist. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Radio/Television, but began her career as a sports writer in the Bay Area at the Oakland Post newspaper before becoming a movie critic and entertainment writer. She is the founder of N2Entertainment.net and on-air movie critic for KFBK Radio Station in Sacramento, California where she currently resides.