Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The BackWoods (2006)

Director: Koldo Serra

Starring: Gary Oldman, Virginie Ledoyen, Paddy Considine, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Jon Aririo, Lluis Homar, Kandidio Uranga

More info: IMDb

Tagline: "There are only hunters and prey...that's the only fucking truth in this world!"

Plot: An idyllic stay in the Spanish countryside takes a nightmarish turn for two couples when they discover a feral girl chained inside an abandoned house and decide to turn her over to the authorities. But the real drama begins when locals armed with shotguns show up looking for the girl.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Here's flick that passed unnoticed under my radar that I'm glad I discovered. Gary Oldman in the woods getting fucked around with some redneck European locals? I'm on it! Oldman looks like he's fresh off the set of one of the BATMAN pictures sportin' that bushy mustache. The accent is naturally different but so is the attitude. He's kind of an alpha dick but he's likable. What a great actor. Anyway lots of shit goes down almost from the beginning. You can just tell in the first few minutes that things aren't going to be pretty - between the two couples and with the locals. Without spoiling anything, the ending is fucking great and I really appreciate how Oldman's character finishes the picture. It's so non-Hollywood and it felt like a breath of fresh air. Watch it. It's a fine exploitation-type movie with some great direction and acting.

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