Unlike those films, THE BACKWOODS is not particularly gripping. It could have been a really cool little film, but it just never really gets going. The film is only slightly over ninety minutes, yet it takes almost an hour for it to get going. Too much time is spent developing Considine & Ledoyen's characters- who are completely self involved and whiny, and do not engage the audience's sympathy at all, which is a big no-no for this type of film. Gary Oldman fares better (and shows off some serious Spanish skills), but despite the DVD cover- which sells him as the star of the film, he's ultimately playing a supporting role, and he's off the screen for long stretches of time.
I also disliked some of the more pretentious moments in the film, such as the heavy handed use of a couple of Leonard Cohen tracks- which seem to imply that the filmmakers are trying to make some grand statement about class warfare, and man's inhumanity to man- blah, blah, blah. In the end, I would have preferred a little less talk, and a lot more action.