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Sightseers (2013)

Alice Lowe , Steve Oram , Ben Wheatley  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram
  • Directors: Ben Wheatley
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F6Y3IBS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Chris wants to show his girlfriend Tina his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved caravan. Tina s led a sheltered life and there are things Chris simply needs her to see. But it doesn t take long for annoying tourists, overbooked camp sites, and Tina s meddling mother to spoil Chris dream. Now he s out to prove that hell truly hath no fury like a vacationer scorned. Director Ben Wheatley (Kill List) cleverly mixes pitch-black humor with over the top violence to create an uncomfortably hilarious portrait of a seemingly normal man pushed over the edge.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tainted love" July 20, 2013
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Ben Wheatley films always begin like lambs then quickly morph into lions from hell. His third movie, SIGHTSEERS, arrives as an A+ extreme-flick: A massively brutal ride nicely softened by perfect comic timing. You'll laugh and be shocked all at once.

SIGHTSEERS is brought to you in "Wheatley-Vision" (Juicy gore make-up effects, expert editing, soundtrack perfection) and features a pair of fresh-faced actors/writers that knock it way out of the park: Alice Lowe and Steve Oram seem like old (super-crazy) friends after one viewing. The screenplay is packed with the usual dry quips and bursts of psychotic behavior while our trusty Director displays one gorgeous vista, quirky camera-angle and slo-mo murder after another. A killer holiday, yeah?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British black comedy... "Murder is green!" July 20, 2013
I just saw this movie this weekend here at the Cincinnati World Cinema. I had heard of this movie (which made a splash upon its initial showing at the 2012 Cannes festival), and couldn't wait to see it.

"Sightseers" (2012 release from the UK; 90 min.) brings the story of Chris and Tina, played by Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, respectively. Alice is 34 yrs., still living with her 'mum', and about to go on a caravan sightseeing tour of Yorkshire and surroundings with her new boyfriend Chris, much to the dismay of her mum. But Tina persists and soon we see Chris and Tina on the road, in the ever damp, wet and gray countryside of England. Then events start happening fast. Chris accidentally runs over a man, killing him. Next Chris kills another camper, on purpose. Tina doesn't find out about it until later, at which point she confronts Chris and he admits to the killings. At this point we're just about half-way into the movie, and to tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, please note that the idea for this movie came Oram and Lowe, and they also co-wrote the script. So this is truly the Oram and Lowe show all the way. Second, the scenery in the movie is really outstanding from start to finish, as the movie serves like a postcard for upper Yorkshire,showng us monuments, old churches, and assorted museums (serving as the background for the "sightseers"). Third, this movie is utterly British, and the dark humor is beyond absurdity. I say this, as this may simply not be your cup of tea. At one point Tina and Chris are trying to justify the murders and Tina offers "it reduces the victims' footprint", to which Chris responds "yes! murder is green!", ha!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Sightseers" is a different side of director Ben Wheatley than what you've grown accustomed to. "Kill List" was a dramatic thriller with a conclusion lifted directly from a gory horror film while Wheatley's short in "The ABCs of Death" was more of a direct horror segment featuring a unique perspective. "Sightseers" may be more comedic that Wheatley's other works but that wonderful sense of unpredictability Wheatley is notorious for is still undeniably present.

You witness how dysfunctional Chris and Tina are as a couple. Chris stays out drinking at all hours of the night and lashes out at successful writers who seem to gloat at his misfortune of writer's block while Tina starts doing immoral things just to try and gain Chris' approval and catches him in the act of cheating on more than one occasion. His plan, other than seeing the sights, is a little convoluted and unclear while Tina's becomes increasingly apparent.

The film takes black humor and elements of horror and combines them effortlessly. While some have labeled the film as "hysterical," it's more likely to make you chortle more than anything. The humor makes light of killing on a regular basis while things like over protective mothers, littering, sex, dog poop, bachelorette parties, and jealousy are portrayed in unusually entertaining ways that often result in graphic bloodshed.

It is absolutely guaranteed that "Sightseers" won't be for everyone. The film proudly projects its UK background and culture that is sure to soar over the heads of some American viewers thanks to differing cultures. Nevertheless, "Sightseers" is a brilliantly grim and reasonably amusing comedy that is constantly pushing unforeseen circumstances.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunity for a Dark Comedy October 24, 2013
"Sightseers" is a 2012 UK film about two travelers Chris and Tina, as well as several dead bodies. The "comedy" is executive produced by Edgar Wright, known for his works as director such as "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and most recently, "The World's End." Unfortunately, as Mr. Wright must have been very busy, "Sightseers" is not directed by him. It is directed by Ben Wheatley, the director of "Kill List."

A timid thirty-something woman Tina (Alice Lowe), who has been long living with her domineering mother, travels around the country with her boyfriend Chris (Steve Oram), who arrives in his caravan camper-van. But their holiday journey turns out to be a life-changing experience for Tina - and Chris, too, eventually - because nice and agreeable Chris is in fact a serial murderer.

The script (written by the stars Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, with additional material by Amy Jump) has some potential for interesting dark comedy, or perhaps a thriller, but the film fails to be either of them because of its inability to decide on the tone throughout. As a comedy "Sightseers" is too dark, with two main characters that are often annoying and loathsome. As a thriller or a character study the film is just too silly and incredible. The suggested male vs female conflict looks like an afterthought trying to pad out the scanty material in the script.

So what if Edgar Wright had directed the film himself? Probably he would have offered a tighter, more consistent narrative, but honestly, I don't know. All I know is that to me this is a disappointment, something like a missed opportunity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well, THAT wasn't in the tourbook...
Sightseers (Ben Wheatley, 2012)

Now this is a Ben Wheatley comedy (viz. Down Terrace review), a movie that skewers the conventions of the rom-com, the road movie, and... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly fascinating.
Never saw a film like this one. Makes you gasp at the violence and the creepy way it happens. Not for everyone, but it is a brilliant film.
Published 10 days ago by Boo Boo
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd, charming and interesting!
I guess I didn't know what I was expecting, but this was a pretty fun movie. In a strange way.
Published 28 days ago by Heather
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky dark comedy
Not sure if I'd say this waas an all out comedy, but a pretty funny, dark movie. The films characters are good, both well written and acted.
Published 1 month ago by Cc
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark Comedy but I never laughed
Comedies are one of the hardest films to make - funny ones that is - and horror, good horror is also about as hard. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Spencer
3.0 out of 5 stars Diabolically Funny
Anyone who has ever felt abraded by the human condition--all of us--will sympathize with the characters' angst, but hopefully very, very few of us would ever choose their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JLH
5.0 out of 5 stars SIGHTSEERS is a must-see black comedy
The great Ben Wheatley strikes again with this hilarious masterpiece. First came DOWN TERRACE, then the brilliant KILL LIST. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas H. Bowser
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Funny!
I listened to a critic saying he laughed so much watching it. So I thought it would be good. I did not laugh once. It was a bad movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Myhre
5.0 out of 5 stars Take A Road Trip with the Homicidally Inclined!
Director Oliver Stone went through a phase where a handful of films he shepherded really indicted the media for creating many of contemporary society’s natural born killers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Edward Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Trailer was misleading. What a disappointment.
The preview lead me to believe this movie was darkly funny. Not the case. It was depressing and disturbing. I got 45 minutes into it before giving up. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian Ashby
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