An injured forest ranger on a routine mission is saved by two off-the-grid survivalists. What is initially a welcome rescue grows more suspicious as the son and his renegade father reveal a cultish devotion to the forest. When their cabin is attacked by a strange being it’s clear there is a far greater threat in this unrelenting wilderness.
Gaia is a new survival horror film that features a lot of fresh ideas that Never seem to come to fruition. There has been multiple attempts at starting this sub-genre to be fresh again but we haven’t seen anything standout in the survival genre since Jen McGowan’s terrific Rust Creek.
The cast however, keeps the screenplay above water most of the films duration. There are stumbles away to the conclusion of the film, Gaia never lives up to the full potential and is somewhat formulaic to the point of frustration. It also feels long and dragged out for a film that is only 96 minutes long.
Overall, I can say Gaia feels like a misfire but not a complete waste of time as it does have its fair share of cool moments as well. Wait till it is streaming somewhere or it’s on sale to rent for $0.99 cents.
Overall grade: 2/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar