Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Lonely Place To Die (2011)

Director: Julian Gilbey
Starring: Melissa George, Alec Newman, Ed Speleers, Eamonn Walker, Sean Harris, Karel Roden, Kate Magowan, Garry Sweeney, Holly Boyd, Stephen McCole, Paul Anderson

After a near death occurrence on the side of cliff, 5 climbers meet up at a small cottage in the Scottish Highlands to prepare for a steep hike. That is until they discover a young girl (Boyd) and proceeded to be chased by the her kidnappers.

What's greatly missing from this anti-climactic cat and mouse chase is a level of suspense and a reason for caring. None of these characters are really worth spending time with, not that they're offensive or anything it's that they're not all that interesting. Written by Gilbey and his brother Will, there's many farfetched elements of the script that don't gel and they seem more intent on giving the characters interesting things to say rather than the meaning of it all.

Impressive cinematography from Ali Asad (Doghouse) amongst the beautiful Scotland background is worth the admission price alone. Harris has definite lead potential but George and Speelers fail to deliver and again the inconsistencies are obviously through the direction. Also, I'm still not entirely sure what the opening sequence has to do with anything. It's a pity since all the elements are put into place, but this is one where the leaders are entirely at fault.


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