A Lonely Place to Die

19 Jan

Director: Julian Gilbey

Writers: Julian Gilbey, Will Gilbey

Stars: Melissa George, Ed Speleers and Eamonn Walker

UK Rating: 15

Runtime: 99 minutes

 

 

Apart from Home and Away, Melissa George is best known for films such as Triangle, Paradise Lost and 30 Days of Night. As such she has been angling for Jamie Lee Curtis’ long inactive title of movie scream queen. In this one she is again subjected to a 100 minute reign of terror, but at least she gets plenty of fresh air and exercise.

This is another low budget British scary thriller, but its setting and pace are refreshing. It is about a group of mountaineers in the highlands of Scotland. Almost in the middle of nowhere they stumble upon a young girl trapped in a hidden bunker, they rescue her and then have to deal with her kidnappers. Melissa George leads the group as they are pursued through forest, over surging rivers and down bare rock faces.

I liked this film. It has a very simple set up, but it exploits the dramatic potential well (just like the equally as good The Disappearance of Alice Creed). It also maximizes the forbidding highlands scenery. The various action scenes are shot confidently and there are a few small, but unexpected twists. Towards the end the gun play is ratcheted up a notch too far, but overall it’s a suspenseful and fast paced distraction.

 

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