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Monday, 30 January 2012

Review of A Lonely Place To Die (2011) by Mike

Title: A Lonely Place To Die

Original UK Release Date: 9th September 2011

Original US Release Date: 9 April 2011

UK Rating: 15

US Rating: NR

Director: Julian Gilbey

Genre: Thriller

Plot: A group of climbers stumble upon a kidnapped girl. The kidnappers pursue them in a deadly game of cat and mouse. The girl’s father has employed a team to recover the girl further complicating things.

Mike's Review

            This was a film that I didn’t know much about prior to watching. It had fairly good reviews so we gave it a go. The cast is pretty much unknown actors with the exception of Melissa George. Although I have no idea why she chose this film as it is not what we are used to seeing her in. This is not to say she is bad, she is very good in this but I was just surprised as I guess I am expecting bigger roles in bigger movies for her. You may also recognise Ed Speleers from the title role in the film Eragon.

            The film starts off well, after a little too brief introduction to the climbers, they set out on a climbing expedition in a remote part of Scotland. Soon they stumble across a young girl locked in an underground wooden box. They free her and the group split up, the fastest two of them head off to find help while the remainder follow behind with the girl. The kidnappers pursue them in an attempt to recover the girl.

            This is a good film, the camera work is used well to show off the locations and emphasise the peril the climbers are in. The characters are believable for the most part. There is one scene where a character sacrifices themselves that for me didn’t make sense. I have a theory but won’t reveal what as I try to avoid spoilers. If you are interested please email me.

            The stand out performance for me was Sean Harris as Mr Kidd (The Kidnapper). His portrayal of the character was chilling and ruthless. You believe that he will do anything to accomplish his goal.

            This is a good film. It is no Hollywood blockbuster but a very well made, well acted British film that doesn’t try to take the story too far and keeps things believable. There are plenty of twists and parts that keep you guessing, but you won’t always be right.

7 out of 10

Additional Information

Stand out performance: Sean Harris as Mr Kidd (The Kidnapper)


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