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Stunning Scottish Locales,
This review is from: A Lonely Place To Die [DVD] (DVD)
'A Lonely Place to Die' (previously titled The Grave at Angel's Peak) is a British action-thriller film that released in 2011 to a mixed response and failed at the box-office. However, it has found some appreciation on the DVD front.
The film tells the story of a group of five mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands who discover a kidnapped girl buried alive in a chamber underneath the ground. A game of cat and mouse then ensues with the captors.
Before I go any further, I'm from Scotland and it was nice to see the beautiful scenery of the Scottish Highlands. The cinematography by Ali Asad is a treat to the eyes.
Back to the movie, it has a slow start but heads towards an intense one with suspense and excitement. Prospects were looking too good, roughly until the half way mark where the feature turns into a run-of-the-mill Hollywood wannabe actioner. Thereafter the tension seems to die away slowly and the movie becomes predictable. Another problem is, there are just too many characters and too much happening.
Also the performances by all the actors barring Melissa George was rather poor.
The direction by Julian Gilbey would've been okay if he had concentrated on the one plot, but he tries to do too much.
For the first thirty to forty minutes, yes, as the title suggests, it is a lonely place to die. In the latter stages there's just too many people around.
You know what, I would've preferred to die lonely (as far as the movie goes)!