A Lonely Place To Die 2011

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Action thriller set in the Scottish Highlands in which a group of mountaineers stumble upon a kidnap plot. Rob (Alec Newman), Alison (Melissa George) and Ed (Ed Speleers) are skilled climbers. After a daring initial assent they meet up with Alex (Garry Sweeney) and Jenny (Kate Magowan), a married couple on their first mountaineering trip since the birth of their daughter. However, it soon becomes clear that this is going to be anything other than a routine trip when the five stumble upon Anna (Holly Boyd), a young Serbian girl buried in the ground and kept alive with only a breathing tube. The five hatch a plan to escape from their remote location with the child, but Anna's kidnappers have very different ideas...

Starring:
Eamonn Walker, Edward Speleers
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes
Starring Eamonn Walker, Edward Speleers, Melissa George, Sean Harris
Director Julian Gilbey
Genres Thriller
Studio KALEIDOSCOPE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 December 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes
Starring Eamonn Walker, Edward Speleers, Melissa George, Sean Harris
Director Julian Gilbey
Genres Thriller
Studio KALEIDOSCOPE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 December 2011
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2012
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This is a solid, well done albeit VERY brutal British thriller, with good actors and a strong scenario, all of which is placed amongst breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

Of all the actors, before watching this film I knew only Melissa George (I saw her in "Triangle" and "30 days of night"), but everybody here plays well. My favourite characters were Jenny (Kate Magowan), the older of the two women, who left her daughter with grandparents to relax a couple of days in the mountains in company of her significantly older husband and then Ed (Ed Speelers), frequently wise-cracking and occasionally annoying slacker, who once had a girlfriend who used to yell at him a lot in Serbo-Croatian...)))

About the scenario, without revealing anything else than what is said on the back cover of the DVD, I will just say that it begins with five friends, three guys and two girls, hiking in the wilderness of Scottish Highlands. They are all good people and the introduction, even if it is short, manages pretty well to establish a connection between the viewers and the five heroes. The place they have chosen to hike is so remote, that there is no cell phones service or Internet available and even the GPS plays tricks...

Then suddenly the five heroes discover someting in the middle of the forest... And once they discovered it, the film really begins, because now some other people simply CANNOT let them leave the wilderness alive...

I am absolutely not saying anything about what will happen next, but believe me, if you like action packed thrillers you REALLY want to see this film. The scenario is solid and the tension is maintained to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 7 Aug. 2012
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The idea of mountain climbing does not appeal to me; I wouldn't mind the actual climbing bit, just the potential falling and dying part. On the surface, `A Lonely Place to Die' appears to be a film about a group of climbing enthusiasts who tackle the mountains of Scotland only to meet their maker. However, the film soon turns out to be more `Cliffhanger' than `Vertical Limit', as it is man and not the mountain who is the killer.

As a budget Brit flick `Lonely' has a lot going for it - Melissa George carries on her geek credibility after the great genre film `Triangle'. However, whilst this time travelling tale felt fresh, `Lonely' does not. George apart, the cast are unknowns and a little bland. It is not until Sean Harris enters as a twitchy bad guy and Stephen McCole as his psychopathic partner that any energy is added to the film. The movie is also not helped by the almost universal stupidity across the board; the good guys decision to walk the wrong way or sacrifice themselves for no real reason (would you get yourself killed for an unknown child when you have two at home to look after?) The baddies are not much better, selecting a kidnap victim who is guaranteed to bite back at some point.

The silliness continues in the action itself. Director Julian Gilbey does a sterling job of capturing the beauty of the Scottish countryside, but he does not do action as well. Characters perish and you can't really understand why - 20 years of mountaineering experience for nought. More should have been made of the climbing aspects of the film, rather than descending into a series of cliché chase sequences. `A Lonely Place to Die' is a solid action thriller that will do for a daft watch, but it ain't no `Triangle'.

With the Scottish countryside being shown off in almost tourist board levels of PR, the BluRay is certainly the option to go for in this film. The disc also features a making of documentary that is not overly interesting.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By BabaBo on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I had the chance to see 'A Lonely Place to Die' at a screening in London recently and I was really blown away by it! The film is full of stunning cinematography and the aerial shots are beautiful on the big screen. The film opens with one hell of an intense scene with three of the characters 3000ft up a mountain. The way the director Julian Gilbey shot these scenes are extremely impressive and make it look like it is the actual actors up there. It does take a while for the film to get going but we do get to find out more about the characters and really connect with them.

The action really gets going when the characters find the kidnapped girl and we are quickly lead to my favourite scene in the film where two of the characters have to take a short cut for help down a dangerous cliff known as 'Devils Drop'. This scene was extremely nail biting and something happens to the lead character in which the whole audience gasped so loud!

The stunts in the film are really jaw-dropping and it's good to see a film that keeps CGI to a minimum so we are left with a realistic, intense and brutal film.

The acting in this film is top notch with another fantastic performance by the wonderful Melissa George. Sean Harris is also another stand out along with Ed Speleers who had a lot of good lines and laughs from the audience. Also well done to young actress Holly Boyd who plays the kidnapped girl.

Another highlight of the film was the music by Michael Richard Plowman and we are treated to a couple of beautiful Celtic songs at the start and end of the film which add a lovely touch.

This film should be well received and enjoyed by a wide audience when it's released. It is definitely one of the best British thrillers made in my honest opinion and I look forward to seeing more from the Gilbey brothers. 10/10!
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