Vertige (High Lane) (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Vertige (High Lane)
...[The] wire-bridge scene alone justifies the movie's existence.
The story...wanders into routine horror territory when the monster, named Anton, begins his reign of terror using bear trap and cross bow to capture and kill his victims.
...completely falls apart, even in its end credits which state over 3,200 people have gone missing in this area, presumably all tracked down by cannibals or checked into the wrong hostel.
As unexpectedly entertaining as it is plainly beholden to several other suspense thrillers and horror flicks.
Audience Reviews for Vertige (High Lane)
What could have been the French answer to the Brit's excellent The Descent is a classic case of the second half of a film ruining the first. The first 20 minutes are actually really great and deserve the title "Vertige", because you didn't get such dizzying and exciting climbing scenes since Stallone was up in the mountains. The film also does a decent job introducing its characters and making them seem genuine. Sadly, once there is no way back from the mountain, the script felt the need to add Hostel-like torture and a hillbilly mutant villain, who just doesn't work. The first two deaths are so random you have to call them anti-climatic. The rest isn't very exciting and does not make use of the excellent setting of the mountains anymore. The ending itself is just stupid and ruins the whole film after all. What a waste.
Definitely a better slasher movie than I was expecting. It's obviously a mix of other, and better, movies. But it takes its routine, and formulaic, idea and makes the most of it. I'd almost say this movie was a good horror movie. The reason it gets the rating it does is because of the English dub that was the only audio option that netflix offered. This is completely unacceptable to me. I'd rather read subtitles and have the performances intact than have to pay attention to two performances. Sometimes what the voice actor says doesn't match up to the face of the actor in the movie. And it's annoying having to watch one performance and listen to another. Imagine watching There Will Be Blood dubbed into Japanese. It would be horrendous, because that movie is driven so much by Daniel Day Lewis's performance that it would drag down the movie to an ungodly degree. Thankfully, in a horror movie the acting doesn't really matter all that much, so it made this movie far more bearable, but still brought the movie down. If this had been a foreign drama movie, I wouldn't have even bothered watching it if all that was available was the English dub. I liked this movie because it took a formula where all it is is watching people get killed for the fun of it and to see how creative the violence gets. This movie, for some reason, didn't feel like that to me. It didn't try to make you sympathize with the murderer and make you feel uncaring towards the lives of these characters. There are spots here and there that do fall into the 'let's have fun watching people get killed', but it's not spread throughout the movie. Though the best part of the movie, to me, was the stuff at the beginning. Doing the rock and mountain climbing, because like The Descent, it dealt with something that is very real and that is the fear of heights, in the case of The Descent it was claustrophobia. The scene with the bridge perfectly exemplifies this. It was sort of disappointing that the movie ended up into a typical horror movie but, somehow, it manages to find a consistent tone throughout. It's not a perfect movie, but it certainly is more than acceptable.
Typical slasher film.
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