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A Lonely Place To Die (3 stars)

Tense and riveting Brit-thriller set in Scottish Highlands

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A Lonely Place To Die

(15) 98min

How far would you go to save a stranger? Would you risk your life? And your friends’ lives? It’s a question Alison (Melissa George) and her fellow climbers must answer after they stumble across a young girl (Holly Boyd) buried in a wooden box while hiking in the Highlands. As they rush to get her to safety they soon realise they are not alone and a brutal game of cat and mouse is played out across the mountains. Meanwhile a group of mercenaries are also closing in with their own agenda.

Director Julian Gilbey (alongside brother/writing partner Will) takes full advantage of the Scottish landscape, making it both beautiful and terrifying, an obstacle to overcome and a refuge from your pursuers. George is a charismatic actress and manages just the right mix of terror and heroism. As always Sean Harris is a suitably nasty villain – something he’s really honed since playing Ian Brady in See No Evil: The Moors Murders – a relentless tracker with a complete lack of morals.

It loses its footing slightly as they finally come across civilisation, but this is a tense and riveting Brit-thriller.

Selected release from Wed 7 Sep.

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A Lonely Place to Die

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Julian Gilbey
  • Written by: Will Gilbey, Julian Gilbey
  • Cast: Edward Speleers, Kate Magowan, Melissa George, Karel Roden, Sean Harris, Alec Newman, Kate Magowan

A tense and riveting Brit-thiller that makes full use of the Scottish landscape, imbuing it with both beauty and terror as a group of climbers become embroiled in a brutal game of cat and mouse in the mountains. George is charismatic as the leader of the climbers, Harris makes for a suitably nasty villain, and the only…

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