Friday, 20 January 2012

Film: A Lonely Place to Die



A group of climbers venture into the beautiful Highlands of Scotland (ok, I’m biased) to tackle some treacherous peaks. Their trip soon becomes a race for survival upon the alarming discovery of a captive girl.

Gripping from the vertigo inducing opening scene, this fine British film moves along at a cracking pace as the reluctant rescuers attempt to outrun the warring factions in pursuit of the girl.

Melissa George (Triangle, The Amityville Horror) heads the cast which features lots of familiar faces from UK and Scottish television, all of whom perform well and look very comfortable in what must be a first for many of them.

The finale lives up to the rest of the film when it comes to tension and entertainment but it takes place during a rather bizarre street carnival more akin to the streets of Rio or New Orleans than Inverness.

Anyone who enjoyed the likes of Vertical Limit and the Sidney Poitier mountain movie Deadly Pursuit will love it and it’s another plus for British film.

Ric’s Rating: 73%

13 comments:

  1. Anything featuring rock climbing is tension times ten!

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    1. I agree Alex, with decent characters they usually work.

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  2. A street carnival in Inverness - don't believe you, Is this a TV movie?

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    1. Complete with naked fire eaters Tom and it had a UK cinema release.

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  3. Good Review! Definitely interested in seeing this. Big Melissa George fan.

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  4. The "carnival" is based on a real festival that takes placed outside of Edinburgh. It's known as the Beltane Fire Festival... look it up!

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    1. It was so random I suspected it was based on a real event but it looks really out of place and spoils the flow.

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  5. It seems we agree on this one as well. I gave it a 7.25 put of 10, which pretty much equals your 73% :)

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    1. Almost identical score. Cheers George!

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  6. I love rock climbing-- though I'm nowhere near where these guys probably are in terms or skill level-- so I'm already on board. Can't wait to check this out.

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    1. Let me know what you think of it Matt.

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  7. I just saw it last night at the cinema [Abu Dhabi, UAE], the opening scene really hit the spot. Plus I like the opening song and ending songs from Sophie Ramsay. Unpredictable! I liked the concept of the movie itself. At first i thought it's horror. LOL

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