The Hike is the story of 5 young women who celebrate the return of their solider friend by organising a hike through the woods. After arriving & a brief hike, they bump into a group of charming rock-climbers. Questionable odds of an all-female group bumping into an all-male group of the same age in the middle of nowhere aside; the two groups begin a flirtatious exchange that involves detailing where each other's camps are. The girls meanwhile begin to separate to sneak off with the boys and fail to return, the others begin to suspect something is amiss and decide to leave, but will they ever make it out of the woods alive?
The Hike kicks off well with a series of concise shots of brutal demises for some people other than the main cast, resultantly, we already know there is(are) a murderer(s) on the loose. What follows is a series of predictable cat & mouse chases throughout the woods, all the while set to an endless succession of panting, twig-snaps & leaf-rustling. It's not that the cast are half bad, just that the script is extremely wooden & stilted. None of the girls except for the soldier seem like they would have ever even been near a tent before this occasion; all of them are dressed in skimpy shorts and crop-tops (they are all suitably attractive for this slasher) - one of them is even an eastern-European cover model who wears high-heels and carries a LV bag the entire time. It's just a bit of a stretch.
The guys are a stereotypical bunch of prurient deviants (one guy is caught just randomly whacking off in the woods!!) with seemingly little or no explanation of their motivations. A couple of scenes just plain don't make any sense; the girls leave the roof down on their convertible car for three days in the woods, they even make a point of discussing this decision - to justify the shot I guess - but let's be honest; even if the weather is great, nobody fancies a Mercedes full of leaves, twigs & owl-poop. The second scene that is completely illogical is when the girls come across two of the rock-climbers skinny-dipping in the lake; but there is no way the guys could have known the girls would stumble across them, so were they just rolling around together in the buff before the girls & camera turned up? A puke-inducing montage scene of the two groups splashing each other follows with some completely unnecessary full-frontal male nudity (none of the girls are even naked!!)it's all a bit cliché.
Just when you thought nothing could top this stereotypical 'girls-running-screaming-from-a-mad-axeman' they break out the rape-card involving climbing ropes - it's pretty horrid viewing to be honest and seems to be relying on shock-value rather than decent writing. If you make a point of watching slashers with attractive girls then this is for you, otherwise, probably best to give it a swerve.