Leo ( Joey Millin ) gets a call from his mother, who is worried about his sister Virginia ( Madison West ), and ask him to go check on her. Leo knows his sister history of struggling with a drug addiction. He finds her in really bad shape, but in just a short while, she seems fine again. He finds out that she have been cursed by a sinister religious cult. A bonding ritual performed on her, was said to help with her addiction. But something happened to Virginia as she was a part of this cult, that affect her, and Leo agree to go on a road trip with Virginia, to confront her past from the religious cult.
I am always open minded to watch films that tries to tell the struggles between a sister and a brother, especially when one of them are addicted to drugs. In this case it is the sister, while the brother have promised to take care of her. Knowing how addiction works ( i lost a dear friend of mine in the summer of 2010 in a drug overdose, so i know how bad things can end, not being able to save him ), i feel that this film manage to capture the addiction through the character Virginia. We have to talk about the two main characters, and since i mentioned Virginia, let us begin with actress Madison West ( who can be seen in the David Fincher film Mank, on Netflix ). I really feel that she is trying to portrait a young woman, who is struggling with her addiction, but also with her mental issues. Madison manage to bring those emotions out in her performance. Actor Joe Millin who plays the brother of Madison, also manage to bring a performance that match this story. The road trip with these characters bring some interesting discussions, and of course some problems as well, especially when Madison is trying to deal with her past in a religious cult. I have to mention that this is definetely a film for independent film fans, who appreciate a film that is more focused on telling an old fashioned story, and not focusing on following any trends. Does the religious cult part of this film work, outside of the road trip? I would say that this is where the film really get interesting, and i would have liked to see a little bit more of the cult. I have to mention the great looking cinematography by Powell Robinson, who manage to capture the American landscape really well. Directors Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young have made a film that does not only show how addiction works, but also give a glimpse of the danger of religious cult in an effective way. Threshold is definetely worth checking out, i suggest you pick up the Blu Ray from Arrow Video.