Sightseers 2012

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Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life.

Starring:
Alice Lowe,Steve Oram
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Sightseers

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Ben Wheatley
Starring Alice Lowe, Steve Oram
Supporting actors Monica Dolan, Richard Lumsden
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2013
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Although much of the critical credit for Sightseers has gone to director Ben Wheatley, the real reason that this is a far more satisfying walk (or holday drive) on the dark side of life - albeit an often very funny one - than his earlier features is that for the first time on the big screen he's working from someone else's script, and one that had ample development time. As a result it feels much more clearly thought through and less in thrall to the "let's throw in a big twist" mentality that left many feeling his previous film Kill List (Blu-ray + DVD) threw away its impressive buildup by suddenly sprinting down a blind alley. It may be another road trip with homicidal pit stops, but this time the whole film works wonderfully.

It also helps immensely that the script was written by the film's stars, Steve Oram and Alice Lowe (with additional material by Amy Jump), who play the ordinary caravaners with emotional baggage on a tour of some of the less prestigious sights in the north of England like the Keswick Pencil Museum and the Ribblehead Viaduct. She's stuck caring for an elderly and manipulative mother who still blames her for the accidental death of her dog, he's an aspiring writer searching for his oeuvre. So far so Mike Leigh, until this perfectly matched couple of overlooked everyday people's holiday takes a turn for the bloodthirsty with the possibly accidental killing of a litterlout who ruins the Crich Tramway Museum for them ("I think you've found your oeuvre, Chris.").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Useless Article on 2 Feb. 2015
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I'm the thousandth person to think Wheatleys movie is a cross between Mike Leigh and David Lynch. A cliche, but feels pretty accurate.

This film is more polished than his previous films, the closest to 'mainstream' Wheatley will probably get.

A “Nuts in May” reboot with David Lynchian frills. The Mike Leigh kitchen sink serial killer description has been used by others, but feels pretty accurate description.

It starts with a map with locations being marked by pins. Its either a crime scene locations or dull tourist traps; Natural Boring Killers.
Dim Tina is emotionally manipulated by self-involved egotists, her mother and a murderous boyfriend. Over an increasing violent caravan holiday, it’s Tina that learns to be the more vicious monster.

A black comedy about dull contracted lives of petty rules and kink-knacks. It mutates quickly into a mundane murderous rampage (at 30MPH speed limit).

It enjoys it’s attention to little details: the breath on a cold window with lace netting, the furry gonks reciprocal movements to a rocking caravan, or dog ornaments with glazed stares.

Apart from a couple of Doctor Who episodes, this is probably as mainstream as Ben Wheatley will get. A more collaborative film than his others, with main cast Steve Oram and Alice Lowe writing the script. It has a naturalistic improvised feel to the performances. Alice Lowe would fit as a Mike Leigh character caracture, Steve Oram plays a rather blank fog of nothingness and anger, who only wants to be feared and respected. “Is that too much to ask?” he says in a monotone voice.

Ben Wheatleys previous work has referenced other horror films, he must have seen comparisons to Nuts in May.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Severn Traveller on 3 Feb. 2015
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I was hoping this would be as good as Simon Pegg's films but it wasn't. In fact I thought the "humour" was pretty sick. Basically it follows a couple who go off on a caravan tour of places in the north of England. They come across various people who upset them, usually for quite trivial reasons and then bump them off. This is often done quite violently and sometimes the results are shown quite graphically. A friend watching with me was so revolted by the film that he got up and left the room half way through. I ground on to the end but found very little to laugh about. It can be funny when baddies meet a sticky end but here ordinary folk are dispatched just for the "fun" of it. I felt far more sympathy for the victims than for the two leading characters. In fact I couldn't identify with them at all. However it is very well acted, there's a clever twist ending and if you have one and a half hours of your life to waste, then you could watch this but I shan't be doing that again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Discerning Reader/Viewer on 8 April 2014
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Usually, when you see a press review of a British film, it's sensible to knock off at least one star to allow for the barefaced patriotic bias. However, Sightseers is well worthy of its 5 star rating. This film could only have been made in Britain. Not because of the setting, or the quirkiness and idiosyncrasies of British caravanning holidays, but because only the Brits can carry off a comedy about such a brutal subject matter. It makes you laugh and it makes you wince, often in quick succession, and you both love and loathe the central characters. Wonderful stuff.
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