100 movies: A Lonely Place to Die

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100 movies of 2012
Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

A Lonely Place to DieA Lonely Place to Die 26/06/12)

A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse.

I’d be lying if I said that this film was totally not what I was expecting. Only because I’ve read a fair few people have that reaction before watching this film. But even with the vague knowledge that this film is in fact, not about mountain climbing, I was still pretty damn surprised.

One minute I’m watching some stunning cinematography selling Scotland’s amazing highlands. The next people are running, there’s screaming and gunshots are being fired. When the shit hits the fan, it really, really gets going. And I’m struggling talking about this film without actually talking about it. I’d like for other people to be as surprised as I was. A very convincing little thriller. I was definitely on the edge of my seat a few times. And I rarely am. My sofa is massive. It takes a lot for me to move that far.

Aside from the surprise, I enjoyed this film. Loved the little joke about Scottish money at the beginning. (I totally did that when I got given a Scottish £5 note!) Thought the ending got a little bit drawn out and despite the film coming in at just about 90 minutes, the last 20 minutes felt like double the amount of time. Melissa George is a great lead. She needs to do more films!

If you see this pop up on your radar, give it a go.
Rating: 3/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

50 Films so far this year

  1. The Tourist 1/5 (02/01/12)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5/5 (03/01/12)
  3. World’s Greatest Dad 2/5 (14/01/12)
  4. Haywire 3/5 (19/01/12)
  5. Dead Snow 3/5 (20/01/12)
  6. The Artist 5/5 (21/01/12)
  7. Priest 2/5 (05/02/12)
  8. The Muppets 5/5 (15/02/12)
  9. Faster 4/5 (19/02/12)
  10. Chronicle 4/5 (22/02/12)
  11. Safe House 4/5 (24/02/12)
  12. Reservoir Dogs 4/5 (25/02/12)
  13. This Means War 4/5 (02/03/12)
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums 3/5 (03/03/12)
  15. Reign of Fire 3/5 (04/03/12)
  16. Dear John 2/5 (04/03/12)
  17. Road to Perdition 5/5 (05/03/12)
  18. The Three Musketeers 3/5 (06/03/12)
  19. The Eagle 2/5 (10/03/12)
  20. Everybody’s Fine 2/5 (14/03/12)
  21. Frankenstein 4/5 (15/03/12)
  22. Love and Other Drugs 2/5 (15/03/12)
  23. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2/5 (17/03/12)
  24. The Big Lebowski 5/5 (18/03/12)
  25. The Hunger Games 3/5 (23/03/12)
  26. Headhunters 4/5 (07/04/12)
  27. Super 1/5 (07/04/12)
  28. The Cabin in the Woods 5/5 (13/04/12)
  29. Watchmen 4/5 (14/04/12)
  30. The Hurt Locker 3/5 (21/04/12)
  31. Avengers Assemble 5/5 (26/04/12)
  32. 22 Bullets 2/5 (28/04/12)
  33. Bad Teacher 1/5 (29/04/12)
  34. Red Riding Hood 1/5 (04/05/12)
  35. A Perfect Getaway 4/5 (05/05/12)
  36. Ca$h 1/5 (13/05/12)
  37. Kung Fu Panda 2 3/5 (14/05/12)
  38. Everything Must Go 2/5 (24/05/12)
  39. New York, I Love You 2/5 (25/05/12)
  40. Beginners 4/5 (26/05/12)
  41. Prometheus 4/5 (03/06/12)
  42. The Tree of Life 2/5 (04/06/12)
  43. The Lovely Bones 3/5 (05/06/12)
  44. Snow White and the Huntsman 3/5 (06/06/12)
  45. The Devil’s Backbone 4/5 (07/06/12)
  46. Britain in a Day 5/5 (11/06/12)
  47. The French Connection 4/5 (15/06/12)
  48. Insomnia 3/5 (16/06/12)
  49. Rebel Without a Cause 4/5 (22/06/12)
  50. A Lonely Place to Die 3/5 (26/06/12)
  51. Killer Joe 3/5 (29/06/12)
  52. The Amazing Spider-Man 4/5 (03/07/12)

10 Comments

  1. Hadn’t really paid much attention to this but will put it on my Lovefilm rental list now. If it got you to the edge of your big sofa, it’s good enough for me haha!

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one! I think I may see it – I really like Melissa George, she is gorgeous and she was fantastic in Triangle, I agree she should be in more films!

  3. I’m kind of obsessed w/ anything Scottish, so the Highland setting makes me curious about this one. Hope it isn’t too scary for me though.

    • The Highlands are stunning in this film. Wouldn’t class this as totally scary. Maybe a couple of initial jumps, but it’s definitely more a thriller in the conventional sense. Action, running, falling.

  4. I haven’t heard a whole lot about this one, but now I’m interested. I’m always up for a good thriller.

    • It flew fairly low below the radar and the poster made it look like a bit Cliffhanger-esque rather than the thriller it actually is. Give it a shot.

  5. I watched the first hour then fell asleep…then accidentally deleted it from my Sky box so I have no clue as to how it ends. But it was getting a bit far fetched for my liking after a promising start. It reminded me a bit of The Descent before it got a little weird and I found myself yawning. I’m guessing 3 out of 5 is about right but I never got around to that long-winded finale.

    • It’s weird. It throws you such an out of field bit of the story, then veers straight back to something more normal. Ended up not being as far fetched as I thought it was going to be.

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