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Sunday, 13 September 2015


The deep of the Eastern Canadian woods quite literally becomes bad news bears for a couple of tent-pitching hikers in director Adam MacDonald's thriller, Backcountry.
There's a bear.  He's hungry.  Conveniently there's a couple of lost campers who are probably pretty tasty.  Put the two together and you get a bare-boned story that might actually work.
What should be quite laughable is actually effective, thanks to the script never going anywhere ridiculously implausible, a hefty build-up of tension and lead actresses Missy Peregrym pulling off a believable performance.
It's a what you see is what you get sort of film that is light on substance but some clever editing, atmospheric photography, restraint on it's script and brisk-pace make it all the more enjoyable in a fluffy sort of way.

3 pan-fried trout out of 5

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