A Lonely Place To Die (15)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 6 2011

This taut, twisty pursuit thriller from director/co-writer Julian Gilbey (‘Rise of the Footsoldier’) makes terrific use of the stark beauty of the Scottish Highlands and is tightly roped together by Melissa George’s (pictured) lead performance as feisty mountaineer Alison. High in the remote mountains, team leader Ed (Ed Speelers) and his small group of climbers hear faint cries and find an air pipe sticking up from the ground. Digging, they find a weak eight-year-old girl, whose speech they cannot understand. Using a precipitous short-cut, the more experienced Ed and Alison plan to take the girl to the nearest village. But close behind are the two ruthless, army-trained kidnappers (Sean Harris and Eamonn Walker) and on the horizon is the kidnapped girl’s father, ex-Serbian warlord Darko (Karl Roden). The film’s relentless momentum, coupled with Ali Asad’s breathtaking location photography, distract us from the often two-dimensional supporting characters. It’s only when the action shifts to a pagan parade through the village’s streets that the pace slackens and the film’s icy grip loosens.
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15

UK release:

Fri Sep 9, 2011

Duration:

99 mins

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John Cooper

An impressive thriller set in the Scottish Highlands with some terrific action sequences in the mountains. It's true that the tension slackens, as the villains get more villainous in an unexpected denouement as the action switches from the highlands to a pagan festival in a rustic village where the local bobbies are no match for the forces of evil. Still, this is impressive film-making and mercifully free of too much British realism . . ie . . .not a kichen sink in sight, except the one the heroine throws at an attacker. Best of all are the sequences on the mountains, and if you're scared of heights . . give this one a miss.

AJP

Great British film. Refreshing to see something different, in stunning locations. Also very 21st century, with female protagonist in a (believable) action role. Five stars!

AJP

Great British film. Refreshing to see something different, in stunning locations. Also very 21st century, with female protagonist in a (believable) action role. Five stars!

critique

Reminded me of Kill List in its brutality and coldness and in its abrupt shift of tone and pagan ending. Plenty of good action sequences and beautiful landscapes but the characters are not given enough time and space to develop. Sean Harris is impressive as one of the evil but wild-shooting kidnappers.