The movie was actually pretty interesting from the Lovecraftian standpoint. They bring in an expert who helps them try to identify the culture that built the structure and offer other tidbits of information. As they continue, workers begin to disappear, seeming to walk off the dig site into the Canadian wilderness, which given the location and the time of year basically equates to death sentence.
Overall, it was entertaining and played on some great horror tropes such as isolation, not really explaining or showing things that didn’t need to be shown, and leaving a lot to interpretation. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s hard these days to nail a perfect movie. I’d recommend it to fans of Lovecraftian horror. It felt like a nod to The Thing. I’d give it three out of five cephalopod bacteria.
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Near the end, there are two team members left. One of them is injured via gunshot wound to the guts. He stays behind while the uninjured team-mate makes a run for it hoping to make it to a nearby reservation (a long shot for sure, but they had run out of options). The guy who stays behind gets it in his head to blow up the structure in the hopes that it will destroy the creature. This idea kind of comes out of left field and didn’t make a ton of sense to me.
The other guy ends up stepping on a bear trap on his way to the reservation. End of movie. It didn’t answer any questions, which is okay, but it didn’t even put us on the path to make our own inference as to what happened after the structure was destroyed. There just wasn’t enough throughout the film to give me any idea of what that would do, or if the creature wanted him to destroy it, or not. So in that aspect, the movie failed in my mind. But the build-up to that point was fun, reminding me of The Thing as I mentioned before. Worth a watch from a Redbox or if it comes to Netflix if this type of movie is your thing.