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Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work.
Composed by Samu Kuukka (TEOSTO) and Ville Kuukka (TEOSTO)
Published by Embassy Music Corporation (BMI) o/b/o Mute Song Ltd. (PRS)
Performed by The Gentleman Losers
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Preservation is in my opinion, this generation's version of The Most Dangerous Game.
When the film starts it introduces us to the three main characters: Sean (Pablo Schreiber) a war veteran with dark past, his brother Mike (Aaron Staton) and his RN wife Wit (Wrenn Schmidt) who has a secret of her own. The start up is a nice setup for the weekend, a hunting trip (in an abandoned state park). When Wit finds out that a so-called couples weekend with her husband turns itself on its head as Mike joins the party, tensions begin to arise. Mike and Wit are having martial problems and its apparent more so when Sean enters the picture.
The two brothers seem to have a kind of love/hate relationship. As the day continues, tensions seem to rise as Mike continues to ignore his wife and stay focused on Sean and his work phone. Wit and Sean, as the night goes on seem to develop somewhat tense friendship which unbeknowst to them Mike is witnessing. By this time, night has fallen and personas and characterization has developed amongst our leads. The night ends with the three going to bed by the light of the campfire. This is where the story takes a turn....
*On a personal note, I was NOT expecting this turn of events - my initial idea of this script was way off base as I went into this blind regarding the premise*
A major turn of events happens during the night which isn't unveiled until morning, when our leads wake up and all of their personal belongings have been taken! I am talking about everything (including the tent they were sleeping in). This alone in my opinion is a good set-up for psychological horror as the direction is bizarre yet occasionally eerie. This chain of events turns everyone on everyone as they are yet unaware of the actual horror that will befall them. The actions that take place after I will admit some are typical clichés that are seen from most "stupid people" in "most horror films", but that doesn't take away from the tension that picks up. The three realize that unknown and unseen assailants are hunting them with their own weapons as well as using the "need to survive" against them as they begin to run out of time.
The first half of the film is a somewhat character study as well as a philosophy of the appreciation of nature. The climax of the film and the unveiling of the assailants (especially how they are acclimated to the violence) is shocking and almost realistic in realtime.
This film has been referred to as a sorta "You're Next" kinda film, but I don't see how. Granted the film may have several plot holes and some scenes may have been executed (pun intended) with something more in mind, but dammit this was a damn fun film and had several moments of tension. I'd recommend watching this film and I myself will be adding this to my collection.
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