King of the Hill

Film, Action and adventure
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
The very definition of low budget – six or seven characters, a handful of guns, a couple of cars and one large, dark forest – ‘King of the Hill’ is a tense, competent if ultimately directionless thriller. The plot, such as it is, is strikingly simple: driver Quim (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and his mysterious companion Bea (Maria Valverde) become stranded in a remote mountain region, hunted by an invisible and ruthless sniper.

The film looks a lot better than it has any right to: Lopez-Gallego shoots with a keen sense of both landscape and suspense, hemming his inexplicably hunted characters in with moments of tight, claustrophobic intensity before pulling back to reveal their helpless isolation. It’s a shame these figures aren’t more compelling – we never for a moment care what happens to them – but as a work of hard-driving tension, this is satisfyingly terse, methodical and relentless.

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Release details

Release date:
Friday February 13 2009
Duration:
83 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Gonzalo Gonzalo
Cast:
Leonardo Sbaraglia
Mariá Valverde
Thomas Riordan

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