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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.
The first 45 minutes is great, and it was really thrilling. The second mountaineering sequence had my mouth hanging open and loudly saying "holy shit!"
However, the last act and maybe the second half of the second act is where things turn sloppy. Plot holes, irritating directorial tics (calm down with the slow motion, man! Who are you, Zack Snyder?), and a complete change of setting make the second half of the film completely uninteresting and I couldn't wait for it to end.
It's a shame, had the film kept up with the mountaineering setting and the well put together set pieces it could have been something special, but instead it's just wasted potential.
5 climbers in the Scottish highlands stumble across an abducted girl buried in a small wooden chamber, the group try and make there way to safety but are soon pursued by the vicious kidnappers.
The movie starts of with a pretty intense climbing sequence as we are introduced to the characters and although the script in general is pretty good at this stage some of the dialogue is a little bit clunky. As the movie progresses it turns into a suspenseful chase through some of the most unforgiving countryside in Scotland.
The cast are all pretty good but special mention must go to chief villain Sean Harris who manages to steal every scene he is in with just an ice cold stare. The film is shot in the Scottish highlands and credit must also go to the cinematographer who captures the beauty of the scenery while also setting the isolated atmosphere of the film.
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.…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Melissa George does a good job here as a mountain climber drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse when she and some friends discover a young girl locked up in an underground chamber.
The young Serbian girl is traumatised and confused as to who has found her. Unable to communicate with her rescuers both the girl and the climbers realise they are in trouble. Who buried her? Why?
Set in the Scottish Highlands,the mountainous terrain is beautifully shot picture-postcard style. Remote,desolate and dangerous,the Scottish wilderness plays as much a part of the movie as the ruthless men now on the party's trail. Exciting,confusing and violent this has two sadistic kidnappers willing to do anything to recover their prey.…
No matter how many times you watch this movie, it'll always have that thrilling affect on you...but it does start to lose its thrill factor around the 3rd half of the movie, which sucks.
I love movies that take place in the woods, even better if it turns into a cat and mouse chase...but this movie decides to pick up its things and continue outside of the woods and that's where it always loses me, every single time.
Other than that, there's Melissa George so I stick around to watch it end.
Thought this was a pretty good little thriller. Not perfect but definitely entertaining. My main complaint is the 2nd half where it goes away from the mountainous setting. I think a "less is more" approach could have been better for the flick as the first half was very suspenseful. The 2nd half throws in more characters and it gets a little bogged down to me. Still a good flick though. Always enjoy Melissa George as an actress. Id probably put her among my favorites working today.
"A Lonely Place to Die" is a unique take on the survival action/adventure film, with interesting characters and more than its share of effective white-knuckle suspense.
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La verdead es que esperaba la tipica película de un grupo de personas en un ambiente hostil que son eliminados uno a uno por los malos. Pero es mucho más que eso.
Sin llegar a ser una película de esas con mayúsculas mantiene la tensión y hay giros de trama muy interesantes.
Aun salvando algunos fallos es recomendable.
2 stars for amazing locations used.
Melissa George gives a good performance in this adventure thriller that starts out feeling like a cross between The Descent and Deliverance. The climbing scenes were well filmed and incredibly tense at times. The moment where the rope was cut was the highlight of the film for me, beautifully done and scary as hell.
Good start, but then the film kind of went off the rails. It never recaptures the terror of being trapped and exposed on a cliff face that I thought the title was alluding to. Part of the problem was that it didn't seem to know who was the focus of the film. Considerable screen time is devoted to the hikers, the kidnappers and the guys trying…
This is really getting to be part of the regular rotation. I had to run it off for the very end because Hyunsook has still not seen it and I would not want to ruin it for her.
I am not sure exactly why, but I really enjoy the second half of this movie!
Slow start but turns into an above-average cat and mouse thriller.
From the FrightFest 2011 diary first published by Little White Lies
While scaling a rockface in the Scottish Highlands, three climbers stop to photograph the awesome scenery. As a golden eagle circles overhead in search of prey, one of the climbers becomes entangled in the ropes, bringing all three close to a fatal accident. Breathtaking spectacle, predatory nature, the imminence of death – the motifs laid out in the opening scene of this survival thriller will also turn out to be its key ingredients, as cliffhangers of different kinds abound.
The next day these three climbers and two friends chance upon a young foreign girl buried alive in the woods, and as a pair of ruthless kidnappers and the British…
This is perhaps the best looking thriller of the last twenty years - and it´s suspenseful and fast also.
Some great acting, a nice twisted plot, some really scary moments and an amount of fresh ideas which other directors would use for a whiole TV-Show. But topping all this are the wonderful shots of the Scottish landscape which almost are a character in the story.
Watch it now, but best go in without reading any plot synopses or spoiler reviews.
I would have given it full stars, but it really made me angry that in three points in the movie a jammed gun is used as a plot point and the movie doesn´t know when to end. Another cleanup of the script would have helped a lot here. So it´s just a four - but a big one. :)
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