Enter Nowhere is a difficult film to describe. It focuses on three strangers who are brought together in a mysterious cabin in the woods. As the film unravels, it becomes clear that the three might have more in common than they had suspected in the first place. Unfortunately, for the audience it’s nearly an hour of tedium before things get interesting and even then, Enter Nowhere goes so far off the rails that it’s difficult to say whether the ends justify the means or not.
The concept of Enter Nowhere is a noble one. Enter Nowhere is a sharp film that relies heavily on its actors and actresses rather effects or cheap stunts. The problem is that the film doesn’t have the courage of its convictions. In an effort to seem thrilling or mysterious, it poses questions that it never has any intentions of answering. This proves more frustrating than it does titillating and ends up bogging the film down. Honestly, most of the faults with the film stem from the script. Enter Nowhere bounces effortlessly between the absurd and the tired clichés one would expect from a film like this. This includes a number of tired tropes and stagnant dialogue among our three leads, making Enter Nowhere feel more like a chore than it should.
Without giving away the ending, it is perhaps the most important element of the film. Those who are lured into the film by the “Official Selections of Screamfest 2011” will be disappointed by what they find, since Enter Nowhere is anything but a scream. The film isn’t a horror and perhaps its most clever ruse is hiding under the guise of a thriller before revealing its true self in the final moments. The only way to describe the film is one of sheer WTF and nothing more.
Do you either have those movies that you think, “Wouldn’t that be totally ridiculous if blah blah blah happened and that was the ending of the movie?” That was my experience with Enter Nowhere. I saw all the signs leading up to its conclusion, hoping that it was all a red herring and the real ending would be something far less ludicrous. Unfortunately, I was right on the money.
Enter Nowhere had potential, even with its bizarre ending. The problem is that it tried to pass it off as a certain type of film (horror/thriller) when in reality it was a much different sort of film. Even with a more accurate marketing campaign, the gaping plot holes and tired dialogue remain. Katherine Waterston, Scott Eastwood, and Sara Paxton do their best to bail out this sinking ship of a film, but even Waterston and Paxton’s considerable talent combined cannot make Enter Nowhere a tolerable movie-viewing experience.