There weren’t many movies that disappointed this year but sadly The Worthy was definitely one of them. A Gulf post-apocalyptic thriller, it makes good use of locations with a presumably limited budget but that’s really about all that can be said for it.
A lone trucker picks up a hitchhiker and is repaid for his kindness with a warning that the ‘Black Flags’ are soon going to arrive and will destroy the world. He is told to flee. Considering he’s just met the guy, it’s somewhat odd that he follows his sage advice but fast forward a few years and the apocalypse has indeed arrived and the trucker is holed up in a old aeroplane factory with his son, daughter and ragtag band of hangers on.
When a woman appears outside the gate weeping and asking for help, the leader inexplicably exits the compound only to discover the woman is in fact bait. This is merely the first in a series of catastrophically stupid decisions that lead to the inhabitants of the compound being picked off one by one as the movie warps into a kind os Saw style slasher movie.
The reasons behind the slashing are completely redundant and from the first death, I was immediately hoping that everyone would get themselves killed off as soon as possible so we could wrap everything up and head for the exit.
The Worthy desperately wants to be an exciting thriller with elements of social commentary but what it ends up being is a pretty standard slasher movie in which pretty much everyone is worthy of a Darwin award and the eventual survivor, well, good luck to him, I was mentally in the pub by that point.