"Depressing, Nihilistic, Uninspired Adventure"
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BACKCOUNTRY is such a lazy, uninspired piece of nihilistic cinema that it’s hard to imagine anyone enjoying it. It takes far too long for anything to happen. Then, when something does, it’s just a bloody depressing mess to watch. The actors do their best, but no one can save such a threadbare plot and empty, nihilistic view of life. As such, this is one of the worst movies to come out in a while. Most moviegoers probably will want to avoid BACKCOUNTRY like the plague.
(HHH, PaPaPa, LLL, VVV, NN, S) Nihilistic humanist worldview with characters who think they can do what they want and be all right; over 20 obscenities (mostly “f” words) and nine profanities; graphic and bloody bear attack, character falls and breaks leg with a loud crunch, menacing side character; implied unmarried sexual relationship with passionate kissing in one scene between couple before being interrupted; rear nudity when couple skinny dips in lake; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, light miscellaneous immorality such as hedonism and humanist conceit and arrogance.
BACKCOUNTRY is a bare-bones, low-budget, uninteresting thriller where a twentysomething couple gets lost in the woods on a distant hiking trip and face the threat of death from a bear and nature. BACKCOUNTRY is poorly made and has a strong humanist worldview with arrogant, hedonistic, unappealing pagan characters, brief but extreme violence and plenty of strong foul language.
A young urban couple, Alex (Jeff Roop) and Jenn (Missy Peregrym), are on a camping trip to the great outdoors, where Alex wants to show off his skills by taking them deep into the woods to a waterfall he knew as a boy. His goal is to propose to Jenn. However, when they realize they’re not only lost, but that Alex has arrogantly thrown away their map and that GPS and cell phones don’t work in the middle of nowhere, tensions start to rise.
The couple also has a disturbing encounter with a drifter named Brad (Eric Balfour), who seems to be following them and appears to be fixated on Jenn. Three days into the trip, the couple is running out of food and water and realize they are truly lost.
That’s when the real trouble begins, and, sadly, the movie’s only compelling part is when a giant bear appears and wants to have them for dinner. (SPOILER ALERT) When the bear tears through their tent and starts to eat Alex, dragging him out screaming God’s name and a host of obscenities, the results are grim and unpleasant to watch, as the audience shares Jenn’s point of view of Alex being eaten alive. This is a gruesome, bloody scene that’s hard to imagine anyone – even horror fans – enjoying. (END SPOILER)
Jenn has to outrun the bear next, and winds up falling off a rocky cliff onto more rocks and breaking her leg, which she painfully (though not graphically) resets with a loud crunch. (SPOILER) She ultimately stumbles her way to civilization, offering a bleak and weak semi-happy ending far too late to make viewers care or feel any true sense of uplift.
BACKCOUNTRY is a lazy, uninspired, depressing piece of nihilistic cinema that it’s hard to imagine anyone enjoying. It takes far too long for anything frightening to happen. Then, when something does, it’s just a bloody depressing mess to watch.
The actors do their best, but ultimately no one can save a movie with such a threadbare plot and nihilistic, empty view of life. As such, this is one of the worst movies to come out in a while. Most moviegoers probably will want to avoid BACKCOUNTRY like the plague.