Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Michael J. Bassett
What's it about
Following an untimely suicide, a bunch of teenagers are brought to a remote island where they start getting killed left and right by dogs, a dude with a crossbow, and even each other.
Is it good movie?
Wilderness is an ass-kicking romp that absolutely never lets up no matter what. Have you seen Steve Austin's The Condemned? How about John Leguizamo's The Pest? I really doubt you've seen that last one. But if you take The Most Dangerous Game and Battle Royale (and even a little Lord of the Flies) and mash them together, you get a pretty good idea of what you're in for. Here's the thing about this movie that I like the most- it is so brutal. There were several scenes of sheer unrelenting meanness that just shocked me. I suppose that some people are going to be turned off by this but it only helped me to enjoy the film more.
It also helps that the characters are well written and well acted. I mean, considering that everyone in this movie seems to be a stereotypical character, they pull off their roles quite well. I felt for some of them and although I felt that one mean-streaked fellow was a little overboard, I have worked with troubled youth and this isn't completely outside the realm of possibility. Also, the plot is a little predictable. This doesn't mean that I was able to guess every twist and turn but the big ones, I got em no problem. Other than that, there isn't a lot of plot. The movie becomes a series of 'let's run away with our new stupid plan', and then people get massacred heartily.
And finally, this movie is cringe worthy and bloody as all hell. Arrows mangle people, dogs eat people, traps close on faces, and people are bludgeoned to death and even engulfed in flames. Just when you think someone is safe, some crazy stuff happens to them. When you think someone won't do something, they likely will, and that is what I dug about this flick.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1:33 1 Widescreen and my copy was a PAL transfer so I can't judge the picture really well.
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and is well mixed if not a little rear-heavy.
Nothing on my disc.
Ultimately I really, really enjoyed this movie. It’s tense, badass and not at all afraid to bust things in your face. It takes a somewhat trite concept and managed to overcome it by pulling no punches. It’s not a scary movie but it is intense and atmospheric. I highly recommend it.