A Lonely Place to Die Review

a lonely_place_to_die reviewYear: 2011

Director: Julian Gilbey

Starring: Melissa George, Alec Newman, Ed Speleers,  Sean Harris

Summary (from IMDb): A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl and are pursued by her captors.

My Quick Review: At first, “A lonely place to die” makes you think about other climbing movies such as “Cliffhanger” and the first few minutes with its fabulous cinematography taking full advantages of Scotland’s Highlands are really breathtaking. For much of the film, the action revolves around only a manhunt in nature, with all the obstacles that a mountain set-up implies on top of  being chased by two trigger happy guys. Therefore, the first half of the film is fairly conventional, but soon enough,  while probably trying too hard to stand out, the film goes in all directions that become almost ridiculous and cluttered with clichés (Serbian war criminal torturer) and improbabilities (the heroine, played by Melissa George,  resuming her escape/run just after falling from a cliff through a number of trees).

What remains in mind after the end credits are  the beautiful Scottish Highland scenery, the great cinematography and sound effects, but not really the conventional story and cliched characters nor the heroes (we do not feel any emotion or empathy towards them as they get chased and killed).

My Rating: 5/10