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Five mountaineers begin a long hike in the Scottish Highland, when Ed (Ed Speleers) hears a menacing noise; a scream. The gang discover a young Croatian girl (Holly Boyd) trapped in a box beneath the earth. Alison (Melissa George) and Rob (Alec Newman) begin a hike to look for help, when they are all ambushed by two gun-wielding men (Sean Harris & Stephen McCole) after the girl. It soon turns into a game of cat and mouse as it becomes apparent that they are caught up in a more sinister plot.
This is a pretty low-budget movie, and it blew me away instantly. We have some pretty sophisticated scenes that would put many other hiking-themed films of a higher budget to shame. There's adrenaline flowing everywhere as it doesn't take long before we are swept up in the action and terror of the premise. Melissa George is great as the leading lady, she's very likeable, determined and you really do want to root for her when it gets tough, even when she makes some pretty crazy decisions. The supporting cast is great too, Ed Speelers and Sean Harris are both excellent in their roles.
I really couldn't find much to moan about. My main complaint is that the characters and relationships aren't really explained or seen at the start, we're suddenly thrown into a group scene, with some friendly conversation and hints that George's character has a thing for one of the hikers, but it's not clear, the audience is forced to make assumptions.
It's a fast-paced thrill ride, that starts off as '127 Hours' - but shifts mid-way to become an entirely different film, which is a daring thing to do, but it absolutely paid off. You'd have no idea it was made for a measly $4 million. I absolutely recommend this. One of the best films I've seen in a long time.
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