Saving Grace is a Canadian drama, which was released in July of 2010 in Canada. While many classify the film as horror, it is more of a psychological thriller, which will keep you guessing throughout. The movie was written and directed by Chris Pickle, whose only other find is Finding Electra.
The movie opens by introducing us to Grace (Mandy Bo), who is a struggling single mother. Of course, Grace has recently lost her only daughter, Jessica (Ayden Ryan), due to her drug abuse. Despite working at a hospital and attempting to regain custody of her daughter, Grace continues to use drugs, which results in her overdose.
At the hospital, we’re introduced to Clayton (Jason Barbeck), who is a bit of a scavenger and survivalist. Not much is known about the characters other than this. Grace soon wakes up in a cold, abandoned room, where she is tied to the bed. Clayton enters and gives her some medication through an IV.
Soon, Grace has recovered enough to move around and eat on her own. This is when she begins asking a lot of questions. While Clayton provides answers, they seem anything but truthful. In fact, they seem far fetched, as if something out of a horror movie. For instance, he explains that a chemical plant nearby was attacked by terrorist, which caused the evacuation of the town. He also claims to have rescued Grace from the hospital, after the attack.
Sooner or later, the couple receive a visitor, Hank (Peter Coady), to their bunker. Hank confirms Clayton’s story, but Grace is still skeptical. Hank eventually becomes a burden and sexual deviant. When he is removed from the picture, Grace discovers information, which leads her to believe that the men lied to her all along.
What will Grace discover whenever she ventures out into the great unknown? Has Clayton taken a hostage or is he simply Saving Grace?
Saving Grace is a low budget film, but it really doesn’t feel like one. Instead, the scenes are nice and gloomy. The acting is actually pretty good, especially from Jason Barbeck, Mandy Bo and Peter Coady. Some of the dialogue is a little strange, unnecessary and cheesy. However, the film is interesting and will keep you guessing until the very end.
With hundreds of unoriginal apocalypse movies on the market, Chris Pickle and Filip Premrl should be credited for developing an original ideal for the genre. While the movie isn’t perfect, it is definitely worth a watch. Don’t expect to be blown away, after the movie is over, but it’ll hold your attention for the entire 85 minutes. The film deserves a 7 out of 10. Since it is currently available on Amazon Prime, it is definitely worth your time.