I'm certain that the script for Scorpion Spring reads like the tantalizing twisted misadventures of two guys who meet on the road. A very intriguing concept - especially for a fan of 'road pictures' like myself.
But it plays as a lackluster, flat, and unsatisfying ninety-minutes of film. So much potential that fails to deliver. Which, ironically, is a plotline in the flick itself.
There are moments that this thing could've really taken off. In fact, I fully expected them. With actors like Alfred Molina, Esai Morales and the always enjoyable Ruben Blades - this should have been a slam dunk. But as soon as a potential apex of drama builds - it gets dropped off. Time and time again. Like some guy who enjoys telling jokes then repeatedly forgets the punchlines. In Scorpion Spring, we're left with a bunch of jokes with no punchlines - none. Even the "gimmes" are pissed away or not even explained.
Example: The final scene leaves one of the main characters without a resolution, so the audience never learns what eventually happens to her! Film School 101 - unless you're intentionally shooting for befuddlement and confusion, a.k.a. The European Ending, then have a resolution for the main characters.
This Brian Cox (not the amazing English actor) is not a director of note for a reason.
The most interesting aspect of this project is asking yourself how Director Cox got Matthew McConaughey to do a small bit part in his film.
Unfulfilling and sadly uninteresting - because I really wanted this to work.
Instead, check out "Delusion [VHS]" (1991) - to see what can be done with the same material, same small budget and not a big name star in sight.