“Shuttle” is a decently twisty indie thriller about hostages lured aboard an airport minivan whose destination is nowhere pleasant. Directorial debut for scenarist Edward Anderson (who penned 2007 Michael Caine-Demi Moore period drama “Flawless”) proves confident and eventful enough, if not quite white-knuckle worthy. HD-shot feature’s debut March 6 on one Los Angeles screen looks like a polite preamble for its Magnolia DVD rollout one month later.
Longtime best friends Jules (Cameron Goodman) and Mel (Peyton List) return Stateside from a brief Mexican vacation to encounter lost luggage, a steady downpour and no taxis. A shuttle-bus aggressively courts their business. They succumb, while flirty Jules insists cute yet barely met fellow flyers Matt (Dave Power) and Seth (James Snyder) also ride. But the driver (Tony Curran) has an agenda beyond their safe home delivery. Annoyance turns to fear, then desperate resourcefulness, hampered by a nervous fifth passenger (Cullen Douglas). Scenario manages a couple of neat ironies toward its close. While not entirely plausible, particularly in its ultimate explanation (how often does human trafficking target those with well-off families and powerful First World governments?), the pic’s credibly acted and crisply crafted.