A Lonely Place to Die Reviews
A film that is split in two between an excellent and disturbing chase thriller and a disappointingly poor later part. The division being the arrival of the chase survivors at the police station. It is, as if after a gripping murderous pursuit through the remote Scottish Highlands, the writers have been devoid of any real, original idea of how to progress the story beyond the point of arrival of the survivors at the police station.
We get an unintentional homage to the earliest days of cinema, we are "cut to the chase" and have an unintelligent shoot-out. An attrition of vertually all the characters until there are less than a handful left.
Only in the scenes of negotiation of ransom, and the closing scene, when we learn that the leading kidnapper has more than met his match for being brutally sadistic, does the film lift itself from the depths which it should not have been allowed to descend.
Sean Harris excels throughout as the dispassionate kidnap leader.
Three people - A wounded man, a frightened woman and a 12 year old child rush into a police station and declare that they want to report 3 murders committed by people on the loose with rifles, the police response is: I'll make you a drink each whilst we wait for a police car to take you to Inverness (how many hours away?) where you can make a statement. Like they are reporting some teenagers graffiti being daubed on a bus shelter! The credibility of the story got a bit lost here.
The cast was alright.