This is one of the best British films I have ever seen, it's original, not based on a book, not a sequel in a franchise nor are there any superheroes in sight. Just a gripping edge of your seat cat and mouse adventure. Personally what made me want to watch A Lonely Place To Die was Melissa George, after watching her amazing performance in Triangle and her exciting role in 30 Days of Night, she strikes me as a fantastic actress and I'll watch anything with her starring in it.
Again, Melissa George delivers. She is utterly convincing as an experienced hiker and climber, she sells the knowledge and understanding of the exciting hobby, this is her most wild role yet as she dangles off cliff edges and dodges bullets, she sells the stress and panic superbly. The cast are brilliant who each deliver smashing performances, I really liked the characters so it was a shame when they got shot and fell victim to the ruthless kidnappers.
The great thing about British thrillers or horrors, I've noticed, is that the characters tend to have a good bit of banter, whether its improvised or not it gives the actors a good opportunity to generate chemistry and play off one another, this works well in A Lonely Place To Die, there is plenty of it making this film quite humorous at times. Ed Speelers and Alec Newman are prime examples of the witty banter and chemistry that shines here.
There is no such thing as a perfect thriller, but if there was A Lonely Place To Die would definitely be a contender. The tension is relentless, you will be on edge watching the characters hang in the balance. The opening sequence grabs you by the neck immediately, the silence and calm masterfully spun by director Julian Gilbey sets you on a path of intrigue and relaxation, then he breaks the calm by throwing characters off rocky edges and down rushing rivers.
The cinematography here is Oscar worthy, the highlands of Scotland feel massive, the scope and grandeur of the landscape pull you in, close ups capture gritty details and the dizzying birds eye view shots will challenge those who struggle with heights! The use of slow motion adds an epic edge to the unnerving tone, watching the kidnappers loads their guns and fire left me jaw dropped, something so simple and commonly seen in film is made awesome.
Guaranteed to leave you breathless, this film is a masterpiece for thrills and chills. Survival has never been so gripping and relentless. Without resorting to loud explosions, car crashes and an endless string of bullets, calm is the trick here, it's not very often you get a chance to take a breath in during this non-stop thrill ride.