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Amelia Randolph Campbell
Based on real events which saw two lighthouse keepers stranded for months at sea in a freak storm, the film tells a tale of death, madness and isolation; a desolate trip into the heart of human darkness.
Mark Lewis Jones,
Sean takes his two friends into the rural wilds of Wales in search of an underworld specialist who can illegally revive his failing business. Deep in alien, isolated territory, they accidentally cross William Parry, a broken and desperate farmer dangerously hateful and paranoid of all around him. The situation spins rapidly out of control, spiraling into a horrific Heart Of Darkness spree of pointless violence and revenge as Parry hunts the three friends across the stark and unforgiving terrain. Written by
Films that give away the end right at the start better have a good excuse for doing so. Devil's bridge doesn't even have one for existing. The whole 'getting stranded in the midst of rural Wales' schnik has already been done in Inbred, and there it was a whole village of cannibals up against the out-of-towners. Here, it's just some bearded drunk with a gun hunting down three cheeky chappies from Essex... there's just no comparison.
Particularly as in the other movie, the daft scenario is treated with the levity it deserved... whereas in this effort, it's played as serious as you could imagine. Only trouble is, this permanently soused gentleman with his habit of mumbling to himself and rubbish aim would not be a threat to anyone with a brain. And yet, the film has pretensions of being a classic cat-and-mouse type thriller. Nope. Not with these idiotic losers as our 'heroes', and certainly not with this joke of a villain.
And to add insult to injury, the camera movement is so jerky throughout you'll probably need sea sickness tablets just to last the course. It it too much to ask to keep it stationary so we can understand what the hell's going on? Or are you trying to be all 'artistic' and 'gritty'? Epic FAIL on both counts there. Chris Crow is a great name for a director... can we give it to someone else?
Oh silly me I forgot, there is a final, FINAL twist which a) is complete rubbish and b) I'd already figured out based on one line of dialogue early on. Now either I'm a genius, or the movie didn't hide it very well. Okay, both statements are probably true. Regardless, this is a complete non-starter by any definition, and a waste of a perfectly good coaster. 3/10
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