3/19/2012 9:03:00 AM MOVIE REVIEW: Vortex effect plays major role in Sedona (The Movie)
David Kanowsky Kudos Movie Critic, The Movie Man
Sedona, our special place here in the Verde Valley, is known far and wide as one of the most beautiful natural areas anywhere. The film, Sedona, written and directed by Sedona resident Tommy Stovall, leaves no doubt about the magnificence of our red rock paradise.
The movie takes place in Sedona and the backgrounds are beautifully photographed. The story is one that could be placed elsewhere but it would lose its most impressive aspect.
Sedona takes place in one day and involves three different events with three sets of characters. All of these events and people are unrelated, but somehow they do have one thing in common - a problem arises for them in Sedona.
Frances Fisher is Tammy, a high-powered ad executive driving to Phoenix for a very important meeting. She has made a wrong exit off the freeway and is driving through the Sedona area.
We meet a family who are on vacation in Sedona. Eddie and Scott are partners and parents to 12-year old Jeremy and younger Denny (played by Tommy Stovall's son, Trevor). Scott is a workaholic lawyer and Eddie is trying to get him to relax and appreciate the surroundings. Eddie explains to Scott that Sedona is an area known for its vortexes. He explains the significance of that to Scott, but Scott is unimpressed.
A visitor is touring the red rock beauty in a biplane out of Sedona airport. We get the benefit of many excellent shots of the area from the plane. There's Elephant Rock and Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock and Thunder Mountain and Boynton Canyon and so on.
The biplane suddenly has some engine problem and the pilot has to return to the airport. But he doesn't quite make it and he ends up landing on the roadway (Rte. 89A) running into the rear of the car being driven by Tammy. Nobody is hurt but the car is damaged and Tammy appears stuck in Sedona for several hours.
Eddie, Scott and the boys go hiking in the mountainous area behind Sedona. Trevor wanders off and gets lost, which sends Eddie and Scott into panic mode.
Tammy is desperate to get back on the road and even rents a car while hers is being repaired. She encounters various Sedona residents and business people who all seem eccentric, even bizarre at times. They try to get Tammy to calm down, but she is too wound up to have any appreciation of Sedona. Tammy dismisses the notion of the vortex effect, but gradually begins to soften when all her setbacks in Sedona bring surprising consequences.
The movie suggests that the vortexes of Sedona may have played a part in intertwining the separate and detached scenarios, resulting in the positive and satisfying denouement of the film. Several of the roles are played by actual residents of Sedona, including Patrick Schweiss, the director of the Sedona Film Festival. Sedona isn't an award-winning movie, but the cinematography itself is worth seeing.