Backcountry is the story of a well-meaning idiot who takes his urban girlfriend camping in the deep Canadian wilderness. She’s uneasy in the woods and he’s too macho for maps/safety precautions, it’s a recipe for disaster. Canadian actor Adam Macdonald makes his directorial debut and does a fine job building suspense in this survival tale based on a true story.
[dropcap]”You know, we’ll be lucky to see anything bigger than a chipmunk” -Alex[/dropcap]
Jeff Roop and Missy Peregrym play Alex and Jenn, the young couple that enter restricted territory and wind up in bear country. Alex naively ignores the (multiple) warning signs, basically asking for trouble. Part of me was rooting against him, but I felt for Jenn who didn’t want to be there in the first place and was just trying to be a good sport. Both actors portray their characters well individually, but they lack chemistry.
Backcountry is a slow burn that boils to an intense climax and finale. It doesn’t cover much new territory, but it’s entertaining and the final third soars. Macdonald treats the bears like monsters in an old horror movie, teasing without revealing for much of the film. When the imposing creatures do hit the screen, they dominate it and get the heart pumping. This is a good flick to see on the big screen with a packed crowd, everybody on the edge of their seats.
3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls
Backcountry is playing with Grizzly as part of the Killer Bear-Athon at Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park in Houston on Sunday 3/29
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