Another one of the Masterpieces.
This movie scared me more than any movie involving paranormal activity (I mean in the sense of ghosts, ghouls or crazy people), it turned my stomach more than any gore driven thriller.
The premise is simple. A nursery school teacher, Jenny (Kelly Reilly) and her boyfriend, Steve (Michael Fassbender) travel to a rustic lake in rural Britain, their peaceful weekend is ruined by hoodlums on the beach. When Steve confronts the teenagers about their unruly behavior, a scuffle breaks out in which Steve accidentally kills the teenager’s dogs.
From then on it is a quick descent to madness as the bloodthirsty hoodies chase after the couple driven by their merciless leader Brett (Jack O’Connell). In the end, Jenny somehow manages to escape the kids but runs directly into the kids’ families who kill her.
It’s a bloody ending but which is truly deserved, I think in the way the movie progressed.
It’s well acted, Jenny is extremely likeable as a character and Fassbender as Steve is at his usual best. Brett as the bully and leader of the gang is a character who you will grow to hate, in fact at the end it almost feels bad to be rooting for the death of at least one of the gang (at least two get killed).
The movie feels a little bit cliched, when some of the characters act in a way that is exactly opposite to human rationale just to keep the movie flowing, but it is believable and it is chilling just how believable it is because this is one story that can happen to anybody.
I don’t recommend this movie to anyone with a weak stomach, because the gore levels are high (they set a kid’s head on fire in a scene for godsakes), although the gore level is maintained on the right side because the effect of what they are doing is shown on the characters
Now I’m not political enough to tell you about the debate on class systems in Britain that this movie incited, what I can tell you it’s a wonderful movie, a genuinely scary flick which will make you turn around more than once while walking in a lonely neighborhood