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Go Wild in the Country,
This review is from: Travellers [DVD] (DVD)
This is a first effort for Kris McManus, who wrote, directed and co produced this film. He chooses as his subject four friends who are city boys out for an adventure weekend somewhere in the country.
They go and stay in a field which some travellers have recently vacated, but there is still one caravan left. In the morning Andy (Tom Geoffrey) decides to trash it and daub insulting graffiti on the side of the van. Then the owners return.
That is the setting for a sort of mini `Deliverance' type tale without the banjo. There is violence, tension and some reasonable performances, most notably from Shane Sweeney who plays the lead traveller and convincing bare knuckle fighter. Some of the tale is told in flash back and there are enough plot twists to hold your attention. The downsides are all more or less down to cash. That means that some very average dubbing has been put in place, and some lip synch is out too. Some critics have had a go about the unconvincing accents, and I have to agree, mind you the traveller film `Knuckle' had to have sub titles, so do you really want broad Irish Gypsy accents?
At 84 minutes this is relatively short and the fight sequence is above ok, but there is not enough depth, the love interest is awkwardly shoe horned, to the point where I missed it and thought it was a minor case of Stockholm syndrome. It did keep my attention and although `Time Out' called this `straight to DVD tat' I think it is better than that and as an independent British production should be encouraged, it really is not quite four stars, but well worth a rental.