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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.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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The film's relentless momentum, coupled with Ali Asad's breathtaking location photography, distract us from the often two-dimensional supporting characters.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

I never expect much from a small-studio or low-budget thriller because they're usually disappointing. But "A Lonely Place to Die" is a cut above them, with only minor logic plot points getting in the way.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

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.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Probably one of the most engrossing films in a truly lackluster year...

November 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

... 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

November 2, 2011 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

Five c**ts go up a mountain. Far too many come down.

September 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture | Comments (12)
Ultra Culture

This is high-end cinema, let down only by the lack of any obvious subtext to earth all its on-the-edge thrills.

September 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

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.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

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.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

If you only see the first ten minutes of this film, you'll still get your money's worth.

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

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.

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

A violent, continually gripping thriller set in the Scottish Highlands.

September 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

An engaging and well-executed all-rounder in the crime horror stakes.

September 10, 2011 Full Review Source:

This is a tough, no-nonsense tale made all the more effective by its brutal landscapes.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

I almost died laughing.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This is a pretty neat thriller, and it could well take the Gilbey brothers to Hollywood.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comment (1)
Guardian [UK]

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.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Watch it for the well-shot action, rather than for the thin plot and dialogue which mainly consists of people stating the blindingly obvious.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Audience Reviews for A Lonely Place to Die

July 14, 2013
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Started off boring. Picked up. Then went back to boring in the last half hour. Seriously, these people were pretty damn stupid.....SPOILERS........... What was with the guy "distracting" the baddies by pretending he was carrying the little girl? Obviously he was going to get shot, thereby leaving Melissa and the little girl with a guy with a broken leg. (Gee, wonder how much use HE was going to be?!). Also, why would you sacrifice your own life for a child you don't even know?! I get it if its your own kid or related, and for sure you would try to help the child, but die for it intentionally? I don't think so. When the girlfriend got shot on the rocks, no one seemed to notice. It was like, oh why does the child have blood on her and its not her own. Gee, I don't know, someone obviously kidnapped this little girl and buried her underground, most likely for a ransom since they left her air and water. Do you think they might be slightly pissed you took her and looking for her?!
Scenery is beautiful. Acting so so. Melissa does a horrendous accent. Don't even know the name of her character, that's how much of an impression this made. In all honesty, it does work in the first half, good suspense. But then they get out of the forest and it all gets so stupid I didn't care anymore.
June 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

Really good movie. Starts off slow, but quickly turns into a roller coaster ride filled with drama, suspense, and edge of your seat action. Top rate acting by all. The filming of the outdoor chase scenes were top notch. Very satisfying those!
August 19, 2012

Super Reviewer

Out there, there's nowhere to hide.

Decently good movie! Although filled with pointless landscaping shots (which remain beautiful for all of a minute) and shamefully poor dialogue, 'A Lonely Place to Die' succeeds in creating an astoundingly rickety and worrying tone in which no character's safety is guaranteed, leaving you both unsettled and gasping for more. It's far from perfect, but exists as a wonderfully disconcerting experience, earning itself a place amongst the other hidden gems of the British horror market; 'A Lonely Place to Die' demands and deserves your attention.

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.
July 30, 2012
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    1. Rob: Remind me why we do this again?
    2. Ed: Because we don't surf.
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    1. Alison: Complacency is a killer out here.
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    1. Alison: I think that's a golden eagle.
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