Zak Hilditch presents a simple but powerful production. Rattlesnake follows Katrina Ridgeway (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter, Clara (Appollonia Pratt), who are on a road trip, when the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. While Katrina attempts to repair the car, Clara runs off to play. She then gets attacked by a rattlesnake.
With fatal illness quickly approaching, Katrina desperately runs for help. She encounters a woman in a nearby trailer (Debrianna Mansini), who wastes no time in nursing Clara back to perfect health. This provides sheer joy and gratitude for Katrina. But she will soon find out that that act of kindness have deeper, dark ulterior motives underlying, and she is thrust into a race for redemption and survival.
Rattlesnake has a simple concept, yet the execution speaks volumes. The story unravels like flowers spreading into full bloom. The layers build and adapt profoundly. You will find a well-traveled theme, yet, the approach is so creative that it’s innovative.
Carmen puts on a spectacular performance in Rattlesnake as she leaps into the darkness and does the unthinkable. There is always that notion:
“How far would you go to protect your loved ones?”
Katrina shows just how far she is willing to go to protect young Clara from the dark forces that are trying to possess her. And she does this with no apologies. Its also astounding that, instead of preying on random, innocent people, she chooses the bad guy. So, in a way, she is serving justice while wrecking havoc in her desperation to win this battle that means to destroy her.