Jenny (Kelly Reilly, Sherlock Holmes) and Steve (Michael Fassbender, Inglorious Basterds, 300) go to a lake to spend a romantic weekend. There they run into a group of teenagers out to cause havoc. The teenagers’ fun soon turns very brutal, however, and Jenny and Steve must now try to survive. This movie starts out pretty slow and takes a bit of time to take off, but once it does it grabs you and draws you in. There are a couple things that make you roll your eyes throughout and you may find yourself yelling at Jenny and Steve for being so stupid as they, especially Steve, do things that make no sense at all. I thought this was going to be too much of a distraction, but ultimately it is not, as it all helps lead to the feeling of hopelessness throughout. This is a very intense, dark and disturbing sort of movie. Reilly and Fassbender do fine jobs with their characters, but a couple of the teenagers give the most memorable performances, namely Jack O’Connell as Brett, the gangs leader, and Finn Atkins as Paige, the cold, silent girl of the group.
I wish they had developed the teenagers’ characters a bit more, as the couple they did give some character to were very good. I don’t know what it is about this movie, be it the hopelessness of it all or the realistic feel of it—something will make this movie stick with you after you have watched it. To me that is a sign of a good horror film. The ending is one that will definitely find a permanent place in your memory bank. This is one of the better British horror films I have seen. It is dark, depressing, unapologetically brutal and in your face. I recommend it with the warning that it may not be able to shake off the uneasy feeling of watching it. This is a movie that, though I liked it a lot, I may never watch again.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8