'King of the Hill' (El rey de la montaña) (also released as 'The King of the Mountain') is a Spanish suspense thriller that released in 2007. The movie had a limited theatrical release and has went unnoticed in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
The movie tells the story of Quim (Leonardo Sbaraglia) who is driving through an isolated area in rural Spain to reach his destination. En route, he meets the mysterious Bea (María Valverde). They are both then hunted by an unseen sniper for reasons unknown, resulting in a game of cat and mouse.
I'd never heard or read about this movie anywhere and didn't know what to expect. I was in for a pleasant surprise as the feature was tense and exciting in the main parts. The ending was perfect with the suspense finishing on a high. I'm a fan of the Austalian horror feature, 'Wolf Creek'. This movie was not as good as 'Wolf Creek' but had that kind of atmospheric feel to it.
The flaws are the slow pace at times and Sbaraglia's over the top/annoying acting.
The performances from the rest of the cast is average.
The direction provided by Gonzalo López-Gallego is just about alright. He could've worked more on the pace of the movie and less on Sbaraglia's performance.
The film isn't great but is better than a lot of the so-called suspense thrillers being released nowadays.
'El rey de la montaña' ain't the King of the Hill but sure is worth a try.