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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

no better example of how not to create suspense

1/10
Author: charlie sparks from United Kingdom
20 July 2008

It's significant that nobody has bothered to review this 2006 disaster in IMDb 2 years down the track. Yes it's that bad: 60 minutes of boredom - nothing happens - followed by 20 minutes of utter confusion. The incompetents who made this think that suspense is generated by not revealing anything as the so called plot attempts to progress, but all that does is create confusion. When things finally start happening nothing has any rhyme nor reason. You constantly wonder: What is this? Why did that happen? Who is this person who just appeared out of the blue? Why are they doing that to that person? It's as though a quite reasonable initial concept was handed to a final-year film school class for an end of year project with the threat that the worst entry would be produced to show future students how not to do it. What I'd like to know is who was it that was stupid enough to get sucked into financing this amateur effort and then let the wannabees that put it together work in a vacuum? Wasn't anybody available to point out the glaring deficiencies before it was released? Amazing! 1/10.

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Flawed but ultimately very interesting

7/10
Author: StudioLAX from Harrogate
26 July 2008

Yes this film has deficiencies, it is confusing in places and the ending is underdeveloped which I suppose the majority of viewers will find frustrating. However, I found this refreshing and preferable to some sort of cop out conclusion where everything is all neatly tied up (like the superficially similar Dead End).

There is very little action and it is certainly slow moving but neither of these are to the films detriment and I personally thought this did create a sense of suspense.

In some respects Isolated has parallels with No Country For Old Men (but not as successfully realised ) and will obviously attract the same sort of criticisms regarding what is or isn't shown on screen.

Acting is pretty good all round and cinematography is excellent, the film is nicely understated, very atmospheric and despite the problems has enough interesting ideas in it to be worthy of a rental.

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