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Posted by: Dreamscale, August 1st, 2018, 2:33pm
This is a Netflix original film, and it's a damn good one!

Written and directed by Matt Palmer, and expertly shot by Mark Gyori.

The only actor I recognized is the always excellent Tony Curran, but everyone here does a great job.

The less you know going in, the better.  This is just a great movie watching experience all the way around.  It's beautiful, it's tense, and it's intense.  I can't say i loved how it wrapped up, but it's not a letdown, either.

Turn off the lights, turn off your cell phone, get comfy on your sofa, and spend an hour and 40 minutes in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands.

Grade - A-
Posted by: LC, August 3rd, 2018, 12:55am; Reply: 1
Absolutely concur with everything said.

Wish there were more like this!
Posted by: Demento, August 11th, 2018, 6:45pm; Reply: 2

Quoted from Dreamscale
This is a Netflix original film, and it's a damn good one!

This phrase gets thrown out a lot - A Netflix original. Netflix doesn't really make these things. They just buy them. Then they brand them as Netflix Originals because that's the only place you can see them. Since they premiere them as well. Instance, the series Orange is The New Black is made by Lionsgate. It's only shown on Netflix because the show was pitched to them by Lionsgate, Netflix decided to order the show and buy it, then Lionsgate went out and made it. House of Cards is also not made by Netflix.

I think Netflix has co-produced some of their bigger films like Bright. But again, that's a joint venture where the production is handled by a few companies. I think I read that they are building their own soundstages now and will begin to produce stuff on their own.

This movie, however, wasn't made by Netflix, it was just distributed by them. To clarify so that people don't get confused.

As far as the quality of the movie is concerned, in my opinion, it was just Okay. The first 25 mins were good, then it kinda drifted off. It reminded me of the movie Eden Lake.
Posted by: LC, August 11th, 2018, 6:54pm; Reply: 3
I suppose you mean the style and the UK cast. Otherwise, Eden Lake is quite different plot wise. A harrowing film with a very memorable ending.
Posted by: Demento, August 11th, 2018, 7:15pm; Reply: 4

Quoted from LC
I suppose you mean the style and the UK cast. Otherwise, Eden Lake is quite different plot wise. A harrowing film with a very memorable ending.

Local justice. That's why it came to mind.
Posted by: LC, August 11th, 2018, 8:17pm; Reply: 5

Quoted from Demento
Local justice. That's why it came to mind.

Yep, you're right. Well put.
And, creepy as hell.
Posted by: Dreamscale, August 12th, 2018, 9:20am; Reply: 6
Eden Lake is 1 of the very best horror films of all times and the shock value's shocking!!
Posted by: Zack, August 12th, 2018, 12:44pm; Reply: 7
Eden Lake DESTROYED me when I was younger. Great horror film.

Posted by: James McClung, September 4th, 2018, 10:15am; Reply: 8
This was an excellent exercise in craft. Everything is set up in advance, then the film takes its time to unfold, waiting for the most precise, opportune moments to make good on its setups, resulting in an endless tension that feels almost unbearable by the end. The characters are also really well-drawn in the sense that you know what everyone's about and understand their actions, which enhances the drama in that no one situation can be written off with a simple solution. Every element has purpose and leans on each other for maximum dramatic impact. Unfortunately, few of them were particularly original and were somewhat lacking a personal stamp on the part of the filmmakers for my taste, but I was consistently engaged by and invested in everything that was happening.

Watched this with my dad with very little prior knowledge of what it was about. We were both pleased. A solid watch for a quiet evening at home.
Posted by: Dustin, September 6th, 2018, 1:29am; Reply: 9
Great film, thanks for the rec. For me, it's a simple revenge thriller with a slight twist. That is all.
Posted by: LC, September 6th, 2018, 1:42am; Reply: 10
Oh, yes. Like I said, wish there were more like it.

Anyone watching Ozark?
Or, Taboo with Tom Hardy?

Be interested to know what you think of Taboo, Dustin... Written by Tom Hardy, and his father Chips, and Steven Knight.

Very dark and gritty. Season two and three in the works apparently.
Posted by: Dustin, September 6th, 2018, 1:51am; Reply: 11
Yes, I really enjoyed watching Taboo and was disappointed when it just ended with so much story left to tell. Hardy's mysteriousness got a little grating toward the end, but easily forgivable because of the high production quality, great story and equally great acting.

Haven't seen Ozark yet. But I will take a look now.
Posted by: Scar Tissue Films, September 12th, 2018, 3:19pm; Reply: 12
Excellent film.

Stellar writing, so well set up and great acting from all the main cast.

I found the very last shot of the film a bit jarring, but that's a minor bum now in an otherwise impeccable bit of filmmaking.
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