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A Lonely Place To Die(DVD)
Member Name: carlz2001uk
A Lonely Place To Die(DVD)
Advantages: Good storyline, acting, creepy baddies, edge of your seat thriller
Disadvantages: Nothing too major
On Sky Anytime at the moment, we fancied watching a film and as we had seen most of the films on Sky Movies settled on this film a little half-heartedly. In the end it turned out we both thoroughly enjoyed this thriller and were surprised that it had a decent storyline, decent acting and was all in all a decent film!
The film follows a group of five mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands who are all advanced climbers and hikers. They know what they are doing and impress with the sheer cliff faces that they are able to climb. It introduces the characters fairly slowly with a good mix of suspense in the opening scene with a potentially nasty fall from a cliff. When the story gets going they all set out for a long hike and a renowned deadly climb. Remote and desolate they have no one but each other, and then they start to hear noises in the woods. They soon discover a young girl buried in the woods underground but who has been kept alive. The group know she must have been kept alive for a reason and must get her to safety as soon as possible. The suspense starts pretty much straight away and when the group decides to split in order to cover ground faster and raise the alarm in the local town you know something is going to happen. I didn't expect what did eventually happen though and I did a rather noisy intake of breath in total surprise! A very good scene indeed!
The film is a cat and chase thriller and is filmed really well. The acting is good and not at all wooden. With a budget of $4million, its opening weekend sales of $176,000 must have been a real disappointment, but is by no means a reflection on the quality. Mellissa George is the main actress within the movie and you may recognise her from a number of films / TV shows including Paradise Lost, 30 Days of Night, Grey's Anatomy or Alias. She plays the believable Alison, a tough but likeable character; she knows how to climb and ultimately won't give up her survival without a fight. There are tense moments within the movie when the 'cats' get close to the 'mice' and it certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. Lots of unexpected shocks throughout also keep you on your toes. The lack of suspense music really does mean that some bits catch you out, so it's quite jumpy too. The villains as it were, are really creep and certainly believable.
The last British thriller / horror / suspense movie that really stood out for me was Eden Lake (which was fantastic - you must see this too!), and this was certainly on par with it. The pace after around 45 minutes really kicks in out of nowhere and keep kicking the audience in the teeth with characters losing their lives willy nilly, but in a quite original way - not a typical clichéd horror or thriller. I'm struggling to categorise this film - it doesn't really strike me as a horror, but the word thriller seems too serious. It's somewhere in the middle and definitely definitely worth 1hr 40 minutes of your time.
I had recommended the film to my cousin and she said she was disappointed with the ending, however I found the ending took what the viewer may consider as safe and turned it upside down. Just when you think the surviving characters have found the ultimate safety, the chase begins again, and this for me was what made the film frightening.
Summary: 4 stars