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This is a highly competent British horror/thriller.
A group of teenage male, juvenile delinquents are housed in a Detention Centre, Moorgate Young Offenders. They bully one of the boys, David, to such an extent that he commits suicide. As tough love, the six culprits are sent on a survival course on an uninhabited Scottish island, accompanied by one of the prison guards, played by Sean Pertwee.
The group of ASBO youths meet up with a group of female young offenders, comprising two teenage girls and their supervisor. The two groups start to investigate the island forest and come across a dead tramp, who's throat has been slashed.
Before long, the teenage miscreants and their adult escorts come under violent attack from an unseen assailant, an elusive adversary who uses a crossbow, mantraps and killer attack dogs.
The film is very nicely shot on the scenic island, but it's somewhat handicapped by a lack of any likeable characters. The young offenders include drug dealers, a murderer, a sex offender, and an armed robber. It's very hard to feel any sympathy when bad things start happening to them. Furthermore, there is little character development with the teenagers, although one of them, Callum, who's a forthright and highly combative alpha male, has an interesting personality. The nastiest youth, Steve, is particularly obnoxious, and I found myself wanting him to be on the receiving end of the crossbow, a mantrap, and the German Shepherds, all at the same time...
The kill scenes are quite unsettling, especially with the dogs. There's also a neat twist in the tale towards the end, which I never saw coming, and which you won't be able to predict.
All in all, the film quite reminded me of movies like Deliverance and Southern Comfort, both pics where a group of people exploring the countryside come under attack from some deranged local hicks ( Deliverance [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] Southern Comfort (Limited Edition packaging) [Bluray] [Blu-ray] ).
I was almost inclined to give the film 5 stars - some of the action scenes, particularly with the dogs, are very well executed and extremely tense. If I could give it 4.5 stars, I would.
If you can buy this DVD for under a fiver, it's good value. If you enjoy the film, you'd quite probably like NEDS and Scum - NEDS [Blu-ray] Scum (2 Disc Special Collector's Edition)  [DVD] .
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on 24 January 2012
If you love the SAS, You WILL love this!, This movie will keep you guessing, Keep you on the edge of your seat! If you can stay on it long enough. Not a very well advertised movie at the time in the press, I just seen this in a search around. Not sure why, This movie is 100%, Buy this and get that pop corn poppin! Enjoy the show!