Christopher Donaldson’s feature debut for directing and third time screenwriting Ditched is one of those very few films that going absolutely blind into is best. It is a mystery and suspenseful action thriller hunting game that keeps the twists and turns coming, completely captivating the audience and making them entirely immersed in the story. Ditched is incredible, and should be watched as soon as possible, do not sleep on this small Canadian feature.
The film focuses on Melina played by Marika Sila who is a paramedic who is transporting a dangerous criminal. One thing leads to another, and the ambulance gets thrown off the road into a ditch, and a bus full of criminals is also thrown off the road. Now Melina is stuck fighting for her life as she is stuck in a ditch on the side of the road, surrounded by violent criminals, and a mysterious gang of mercenaries who are out for blood.
What works in Christopher Donaldson’s feature is the eerie themes that are presented throughout the entire film. There is no reason or acknowledgement immediately presented to the audience for why the criminals are there, how their paths intercrossed, or why these mercenaries are present. When the audience finally gets answers, the secrets that spill are more demonizing than initially thought and it truly raises the question of how does one define evil and can someone be redeemed through their work after an evil deed has been done.
Moreover, the performance from Marika Sila absolutely steals the entire movie. She is a revelation and delivers an incredible performance that truly will haunt the audience. Everything that happens in Ditched has a purpose and is delivered with such adamant thought that it will creep and linger with you as the credits roll after the shocking ending.
Crave Factor 8.5/10