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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.
Admittedly, this isn't the greatest premise in the world, but with a good script and assured direction, greatness was still reachable. Unfortunately for everyone concerned, A Lonely Place to Die has neither.
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.
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.
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
Five c**ts go up a mountain. Far too many come down.
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.
What starts out as a pretty decent mountaineering thriller soon turns survival horror movie and would have done well to keep it that way. The plot is abandoning the beautifully filmed Scottish Highlands way too soon just to add an urban showdown that feels so random, it's almost an entirely different film. Of course you can say at least things are never too predictable, but the way the scripts treats a couple of characters is pretty lackluster. Still, entertaining enough.
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.
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 ending....love those!
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