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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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It's no bad. If you start to spend your time eying up the scenery this movie will catch you out. It has some impressively effective moments to make it an admirable effort. Where it doesn't excel is making you care a whole lot about the characters. The acting is ok but not quite filmed to Hollywood standards and the dialog is realistic and reasonably witty in the early stages, but I would have liked a bit more reason for at least some of the characters to resonate. One other issue was I watched this on a low quality SD broadcast and it deserved the full HD treatment. It's possible it could have got a 7 if I was able to…
I really liked the surprises in this one.
Firstly - surprised that it was such an enjoyable watch, considering it's poor rating.
Secondly, Melissa George (gorgeous Aussie actress) - appears to actually do all those stunt sequences??
Thirdly - any movie that can actually surprise me (ie that I'm not expecting) - is what I'll call a good movie. This movie surprised me a few times.
Don't expect a scintillating storyline/premise....just enjoy the ride!!
Insane ride. Phenomenal acting.
This is bloody good. It is a British thriller. I enjoyed this a lot. The plot was simple, yet worked really well with the movie. It is very suspenseful and has some gore in there as well. I liked this movie and think you would as well. Highly recommend it.
This started out by annoying me, but it turned out to have a good plot and stayed exciting the entire time. Its one of those movies that changes tone drastically towards the middle/end, which makes it great.
I do not usually watch this type of films, and stupidly stayed up too late again watching it. Running, climbing and shooting. And almost everyone dies...... Just made sure i will never take up climbing......
None-stop-action and enough stunning visuals to shake a stick at, A Lonely Place To Die is a true thrill ride of a film and one that will leave you as breathless as being dunked into an ice-cold Scottish river.
Full review at FilmJuice.com
Not quite a good movie. Close to being good, there's some genuine tension, Melissa George is always a plus, and Sean Harris is an actor that I love to watch bad things happen to. But there's not much characterization, and because the action isn't very interesting (in particular, people are removed from the story with far too little ceremony) that lack of interesting characters really drags it down. Still not bad, can certainly be watched and enjoyed a bit, but not really worth seeking out.
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