I was pleasantly surprised by this release - expecting like many other straight to DVD films, an uninspiring waste of time. I was definetly caught off guard here however.
The story is easy to follow, a troubled mother on Christmas Eve is caught in a frightening situation after she provokes a group of youths who took up two parking spaces at the mall. It sounds a bit thin, but in its simplicity, it works well to build tension from the initial confrontation. Things go terribly wrong, and Della (Basinger) finds herself in a life or death situation.
I've never really been a fan of Basinger, but she really impresses me in this. She effortlessly portrays a tormented and abused mother, and at points I couldn't look away. A surprisingly strong performance for this kind of movie.
I think anyone who likes films which put you in a life or death situation, and make you think what would you do - this is perfect. It is gripping throughout, and you will find yourself rooting for Della to prevail. Alot of this is shot at night, which only adds to the moody atmosphere and increases a sense of dread - helped again by Basinger's excellent performance. This is very impressive from this fresh director, and I believe if this film had been released at the cinema - it could have become an instant classic.