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A Lonely Place to Die
Out here, there's nowhere to hide.
A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety.
A Lonely Place to Die is too good to be labelled as a misfire, but that final half our or so, comes pretty close to ruining it. The fact that it starts with such a confident, breathless, level of suspense, its such a shame that it couldn't be maintained throughout.
It looks incredible. The location photography makes Scotland look like it should be the location for every film from now on.
Rather enjoyable, if paper thin and ridiculous.
If you only ever see the first half an hour of this, you have still got your money's worth.
If you're concerned about having an EXTREMELY RIDICULOUS movie ruined for you, then read no further. I really don't think knowing any of this will do you any harm, though.
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So... Wait... The resolution is that Kate Magowan feels good about rescuing an ultra-wealthy eastern european psycho war criminal's young kidnapped daughter, killing all her friends in the process, and ultra-wealthy psycho war criminal gets to torture the remaining kidnapper to death?
What? Uhhh... Okaaaay.
On the 'Less Wat Tha Fuck!?' side of things there's marvelous Scottish scenery, Kate Magowan is hella attractive, and it's nice to see a movie where the main character is a strong/driven female rather than a Sly Stone in Spandex.…
When a group of climbers in the Scottish Highlands discover a little girl buried alive underground, they find themselves pursued by a pair of ruthless killers determined to get her back at all costs.
What starts off as a decent, while in no way original, thriller/horror as the protagonists are chased down through the mountainous and wooded terrain of Scotland, unfortunately falls apart quite badly in the last half hour or so. The bad guys go from cold and clinical to utterly careless in a matter of moments and suddenly lack any rational thinking. Up until that point though I thought it was a really solid if unspectacular film. The setting looks gorgeous and I found the performances from the…
This film started off absolutely great. The first half an hour contains some wonderful soundtrack, beautiful establishing shots and it's perfectly paced to build up the mystery and tension relatively quickly.
However, when it actually comes down to adding some plot, it all goes pear shaped. The threat that was quite well built up initially just seems to disappear, and the characters just run around aimlessly for the majority of the film.
Definitely a disappointment, especially after the promising set-up.
A very respectable entry in the wilderness survival genre buoyed in part by solid acting, some great location photography and a twisty story that, in the third act, takes the action off the mountain and into a direction I would never have anticipated. Good stuff.
I saw Julian Gilbey's 'A Lonely Place to Die' knowing very little about the film. Marketed as a mountain climbing adventure that gets out-of-hand by the wonderfully misleading posters/promotional materials for the film that advertise a Cliffhanger-type thriller hide a truly great and thoroughly entertaining thriller that is tough and unforgiving and builds to a highly effective and strong finale. This is all propelled by a strong cast, relentless pace and terrific set-pieces.
Set in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, a crew of inexperienced mountaineers come across a kidnapped young foreign girl buried in a chamber. What follows is their attempts to get to a local town and warn the authorities. However, the kidnappers are on their trail and…
A very good film becomes mediocre once it gets to it's final act. A film with a general small stakes scenario continues to up the premise until it gets a bit OTT.
Brief Thoughts: An extremely promising set-up and one top-notch second-act set-piece are mercilessly squandered by poor writing, sloppy direction and the introduction of what feels like an entire platoon of extraneous and obnoxious characters (it's called 'A Lonely Place to Die', but it gets to feel pretty damned crowded). This sort of suspense thriller needs to be tight as a drum, but this one gets baggy fast; the final third is especially egregious - unfocused, implausible and way, way overlong. Some nice location photography and one or two thrilling moments provide some compensation, but nowhere near enough. A real disappointment.
This film is one of those films that feels so familiar to you that seem to think that you have seen it before because it is generic. I liked this film but can't get over the fact that nothing about seems to stand. The characters have little background to them but I was fine with that in this setting. Shame on them for not giving Eamon Walker that much to do.
Un grupo de montañeros descubren algo y son perseguidos. Hasta ahí un trhiller decente, con escenas de escalada y persecuciones por el bosque resultonas.
Pero entonces empieza a meter subtramas y la caga. No llega a los 95 minutos y le sobran 30.
Thoughts on A Lonely Place to Die: Beautiful scenery of Scotland, stupid "caring" women, a dumb husband, a nondescript man, a snappy young man with a gentle heart, a hidden surprise in the forest, a freaked out girl, an unfortunate death, thrown rocks, scene that rips off Kill Bill Vol. 2, mountains, more mountains, mean brutes, Mardi Gras in Scotland, a stupid cop, chocolate cake, a pig mask, hot water, fire, bitter and egotistical Serbian dad, nudity, creepy song to finish it off.
The cinematography was outstanding but everything else sucked. Lesson to be learned: don't fuck around in the mountains. Take your monkey business elsewhere.
fist 1/2 = good
second 1/2 = poop
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