Now I really want to go camping! An urban couple goes camping in the Canadian wilderness. Alex (Jeff Roop) is a guy who loves the outdoors and camping. Jess (Missy Peregrym) on the other hand, does not like anything to do with the outdoors. It took Jess a lot of convincing to go on this trip, but against her better judgement she said yes. Alex wants to show Jess one of his favorite spots in Provincial Park. The first night in the woods, Alex and Jess meet a very strange man. His name was Brad (Eric Balfour) and something just didn’t seem right about him and Alex became very concerned. They go further and further into the woods and the trail seems to have disappeared. Alex and Jess are now lost in Provincial Park. They are now completely clueless as to what they can do because they are out of food and water and have absolutely no idea of where they are. Things only become worse for them when they discover that they are now in the territory of a huge bear. Being lost is now the least of their worries. Survival is their main goal now.
Backcountry is a movie that made me very surprised by how good it was. I really enjoyed this movie from start to finish. I thought Jeff Roop and Missy Peregrym were outstanding in this. This was just a great movie about man vs wild. This movie just creates a huge sense of unease for the viewer. You have no idea where this movie is going to take you. This movie was the debut for director, Adam MacDonald. I thought he did a great job with this film. I hope he decides to do some similar movies to this.
What was really cool about Backcountry is that it is king of just a modern-day Cujo. This movie mainly focused on how to survive in the wild under harsh circumstances, but they do give you some gore by the end. Another thing I really enjoyed about this movie was that the monster that was the main scary point, was real. I really like that about movies that have real things as the monsters. For instance, a movie like Jaws is a great example of a real monster being the main scary point of a film.
What makes this movie very good is the patience it invests in the characters and the scary story line. Backcountry is definitely a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat and you have absolutely no idea how anything will play out for Alex and Jess. This is definitely a movie that I would recommend to anybody looking for a scary and all around intense movie to watch. This is definitely a good movie going experience. Backcountry is a movie where you have absolutely no idea of what to expect next, but that is the best part of this film.
Overall, Backcountry is a film that is highly intense and an all-around good movie. MacDonald did an excellent job with this movie and the cast was great. This is definitely two thumbs up from me.
Grade= B+ (Very Good!)