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Also of note - this disc has ZERO extras save for a handful of LionsGate trailers. The 5.1 mix is surprisingly robust. Video transfer quality gets a 7/10 from me. Definitely give this film a rental - at the very least!
In fact, Paddy Considine's mild-mannered character Norman might remind us of Dustin Hoffmann's hero in the Sam Peckinpah classic. Two male characters Norman and Oldman's Paul, who has an assertive personality, travel to the "backwoods" in Spain with their wives for a summer holiday only to get involved with conflict with the locals after finding a little girl imprisoned in a shack.
If you look at the DVD jacket of the film, you will find the filmmakers are using the face and name of Gary Oldman to attract potential viewers. It is understandable. As you know, he is an excellent actor, whose charismatic performance alone is always worth the money you pay. But I must say that in "The Backwoods" the task of carrying the whole story to the end is not given to the character Oldman plays. You wish you could see more of his acting, which is not his best, it is certain, but surely his presence could have raised the tension of the film a little higher than it is.
In fact "The Backwoods" takes too much time to build up the tension it really needs. The film's pace gets faster in the second, but it never delivers the goods it promised at the beginning of the story.Read more ›
The premise for The Backwoods is an intriguing one. The idea of how quickly basic human instincts make situations spiral out of control, is nearly always used to good effect in movies. For any writer/director, this concept opens up a myriad of opportunities to shock, as well as to fascinate. This fact probably accounts for why this device is a much-overused set piece. Films of this genre, when well executed, are guaranteed, at the very least, cult-classic status (e.g., Deliverance and Straw Dogs). However, when poorly executed, the resultant films can resemble a confusing, farcical mess. Unfortunately, The Backwoods is an example of the latter.
The Backwoods starts off well, trying to develop the main characters, before violence eventually erupts. However, what we have learned of their character in the initial scenes gives us little insight as to why the characters react as they do to the situation they are dealt.Read more ›
After this setup, you are waiting for the suspense to start. Couple #1 (who don't speak Spanish) are going through a difficult period on their marriage, with the wife being cold and almost rude to her husband, who lacks a spine. Couple #2 are much more worldly, the husband owns the farmhouse, is more of an outdoorsman, and is the de facto "leader" of the group. Everyone looks up to him for guidance, especially the husband from couple #1. With this setup, the two men go hunting and find a "deformed" girl locked up in a squalid cabin alone, filthy, feral, and with only a doll to keep her company.
Now, the plot summary already tells you that they attempt to rescue the girl and it irritates some of the villagers. At this point you would think that the action picks up a bit, maybe you would see some stalking or other aspects to raise the tension. Nope.Read more ›
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I watched this because I am a fan of Gary Oldman, based on his performances in other films. This film however was awful. No real plot. No resolution, no conclusion. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Caligal
I like the movie. A bit suspense. However, it didn't clearly explained whats up with that girl? and why she better be kept as a secret? Read morePublished 11 months ago by poutylips76
A little girl is locked up in the woods. She has fused fingers. The family and the villager don''t kill her for her abnormality but they don't let her interact with the rest of... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by vvv
This movie is pretty good, love Mr. Gary Oldman, I was wishing for a good outsome on ending for him, but overall it was a excellent movie, worth watching again.Published on February 15, 2012 by Icedte
With some solid acting performances, The Backwoods (2007) is a tense and edgy thriller with some dark undercurrents swirling beneath the surface, as newcomers to the Basque region... Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by trebe
This is an unresolved story and that will leave many unsatisfied if you like neatly tied up endings. Read morePublished on October 26, 2010 by John L. Guest
The cooking shows Made in Spain and the Gwyneth Paltrow one haven't disabused me of this opinion. Everything looks very desert-y so who would travel to the boonies because the... Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Cleo