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Numb
Numb  “A young married couple who are
  deeply in debt are offered a way out of
  their financial crisis when they stop
  for a brother and sister hitching a ride
  in the snow-covered Canadian
  wilderness and have the chance of
  finding a fortune in gold; but ahead are
  almost impossible challenges and
  dangers in an unforgiving landscape
  which they may not all survive in the
  gripping thriller Numb
...”

WHILE DRIVING HOME TO VANCOUVER, having discovered that the job he was counting on to save them from financial ruin no longer existed, Will Evans (Jamie Bamber: Battlestar Galactica) and his wife Dawn (Stefanie Von Pfetten: The Man In The High Castle) pick up hitchhikers Cheryl (Marie Avgeropoulas: The Inbetweeners) and her elder brother Lee (Aleks Paunovic: Van Helsing).

Will drives through the night and suddenly an old man is almost hit by their car as, suffering from hypothermia and serious frostbite, he wanders around on the highway. They try to keep him warm while they drive to the nearest town to find help and Lee says it is good karma for the journey that they have saved someone's life.

A fine thriller
that throws in a few
twists to keep you
guessing, but ultimately
it is the fear of the
freezing and treacherous
weather conditions
and how it, and the lure
of the gold, might affect
each of the four
individuals thrown
together by chance
that ramps up the
tension...”
However, the old man dies; and when Lee discovers some money and a single gold coin in his pocket while trying to discover his identity, he decides they should keep it; along with a hand-drawn map bearing GPS co-ordinates, before they report the incident to the Police. The man could be linked to a robbery where Police discovered some dead guys, who were responsible for stealing $4 million in gold coins.

Dawn already owes her father a considerable sum of money that they are now unable to pay back, so she is desperate. Even though their house is about to be repossessed, Will is not too keen on doing anything illegal. When Lee suggests they trek out into the freezing forest to find the money and split it four ways, he dismisses the idea.

A panicking Dawn and the determined Lee persuade him to at least take a look, even though some of the roads are closed, temperatures are dropping below freezing and a blizzard may be on its way.

Reluctantly Will gives in, warning that they don't know what they will find out there. After a night at a motel they set off, abandoning the car to go on foot, and Will is alarmed as Lee produces a knife to cut a stick to help Cheryl walk. If they do find the gold, will these strangers turn on them or are they really prepared to share it?

Finding the terrain hard going and facing an unforeseen threat from a violent hunter, the four then have to negotiate a tricky and very deep gorge. But the real enemy is the extreme cold and the experienced Will suffers frostbite after a moment of carelessness.

Numb is a fine, albeit low-budget, thriller that throws in a few twists to keep you guessing the outcome, but ultimately it is the fear of the freezing and treacherous weather conditions and how it, and the lure of the gold, might affect each of the four individuals thrown together by chance that ups the tension. The beauty of the snow-covered trees belies the dangers hidden in the frozen Canadian forest.

Filmed in Vernon, British Columbia, Numb also features: Colin Cunningham as Loner; Paul McGillon as Pete; Gina Chiarelli as Officer Stevens; Veena Sood as Dr Reese; Craig Erikson as Officer Alvin; and John Hainsworth as Cormac Leith.

Music is by Alain Mayrand; Cinematography by Jan Kiesser; Writer: Andre Harden; Producers are: Robyn Wiener and Dylan Jenkinson; and Director is Jason R Goode.

* Numb is a VOD/EST release from The Movie Partnership and is available to watch on Digital Download from 13 November 2017. Certificate 12 |Running Time: 90 Minutes | RRP: 9.99 HD/7.99 SD.

Release Platforms: iTunes; Amazon; Google Play; Microsoft; Sky Store; Sony; TalkTalk; Vubiquity.

"Numb is a fine, albeit low-budget, thriller that throws in a few twists to keep you guessing the outcome, but ultimately it is the fear of the freezing and treacherous weather conditions and how it, and the lure of the gold, might affect each of the four individuals thrown together by chance that ramps up the tension" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar
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