A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
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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.
Mar 20, 2012
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Part high-altitude adventure movie, part kidnapping caper film, "A Lonely Place to Die" is more exciting than smart, though that's not the worst thing you can say about a movie.
The film's relentless momentum, coupled with Ali Asad's breathtaking location photography, distract us from the often two-dimensional supporting characters.
Despite the many faults with the story (particularly the logic), there's good action and the film moves well once it gets started. Lots of running, climbing and dodging bullets. You could do worse.
It's simply too good to label it a misfire, but the film starts from the gate with such a confident, breathless level of suspense that it's a shame that it can't be maintained.
It's a deeply satisfying entertainment filled with energy and made with savvy and cinematic wit. And it marks Gilbey as a director to keep an eye on.
Probably one of the most engrossing films in a truly lackluster year...
... a small find ... Plucking ideas from 'Deliverance,' 'The Most Dangerous Game' and half a dozen North Face adventures -- the Gilbeys have fashioned one of the year's more unnerving thrillers
This is high-end cinema, let down only by the lack of any obvious subtext to earth all its on-the-edge thrills.
A solid effort that should entertain viewers, In A Lonely Place To Die owes more to the character-driven suspense of The River Wild than the overblown action of Cliffhanger, and it's great to see a British attempt at the genre.
Amped-up camera work - including vertigo inducing POV shots - are thrown in to create the illusion of a film that is much more kinetic and fast-paced than it really is, but it counts for zip when the rest of the film is so inert.
If you only see the first ten minutes of this film, you'll still get your money's worth.
Melissa George's Scottish accent is absolutely dreadful, but the smart script and wince-inducing action make it hard to notice or care all that much.
A violent, continually gripping thriller set in the Scottish Highlands.
An engaging and well-executed all-rounder in the crime horror stakes.
This is a tough, no-nonsense tale made all the more effective by its brutal landscapes.
Meant to feel remote and treacherous, the setting feels ruinously as though a group of ramblers might wander past at any moment giving the film a too boxed-in, parochial feel.
Audience Reviews for A Lonely Place to Die
- Rob: Remind me why we do this again?
- Ed: Because we don't surf.
- Alison: Complacency is a killer out here.
- Alison: I think that's a golden eagle.
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