I will save you guys my cliche hello and welcome that I normally start my reviews with and jump right into this week’s film, Backcountry. This is the story of a couple who goes on a camping trip and find themselves trapped and preyed upon by a black bear. In short, I would say this film is a Blair Witch Project meets The Great Outdoors, only this big bear was not as forgiving as the one John Candy encountered.
Backcountry is written and directed by Adam MacDonald and stars Missy Peregrym (hottie alert), and Jeff Roop. Like I stated earlier, this is the story of a couple who goes on a camping trip and find themselves basically harassed by a black bear. The acting in the film was top notch, and as you all know, the acting is always a big deal for me. Missy and Jeff both do an outstanding job portraying a couple that slowly begins to be tested as time goes on. One thing I will say however is that this is a very cliche couple. Did I really use the word cliche twice (now three times) in this review? Okay anyway, the couple is your typical “the man knows everything about nature while the female is reluctant to leave her cell phone behind and is paranoid about any and everything she hears or sees on the trip”. Yea, it is typical, but in this case, it works.
This may seem like a short review but I will just cut straight to it. Backcountry is good. It is not great. I think the issue I had is that it is very slow. There is no true action or anything for a while and I found myself just wanting to see some flesh get torn off someone’s face. This is not a knock on the writer or cast at all. There is really only so much you can do with a killer bear, because it is nature. A black bear really has no motive except for maybe being hungry or you screw with their cub. A bear does not have the mental capacity to truly WANT to just harm someone.
Now yes, the film was slow, but I will say this...when the shit goes down, it is worth the wait. Well worth the wait.
I will close by saying that Backcountry is worth a watch. Is it something you would want to watch over and over? Probably not, but you need to see it once.
Based on the great acting, and the grand finale at the end, I will give Backcountry a solid 6 out of 10 cleavers.