TV-MA | 1h 26min | Drama, Horror | 11 Feb 2021 (Australia) | Movie
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83% Fresh (Critics) / 35% Rotten (Audience)
Director: Alain Darborg
Writers: Alain Darborg, Per Dickson
Stars: Nanna Blondell, Anastasios Soulis, Johannes Kuhnke
IMDb summary: When Nadja becomes pregnant, they attempt to rekindle their relationship by travelling to the north of Sweden for a hiking trip, but soon their romantic trip turns into a nightmare.
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Movie Review Red Dot
How many cautionary tales do we need before we understand that it’s foolish to A) antagonise people who know how to use hunting rifles and then B) end up in remote places that nobody can get to should you find yourself in trouble as a result of doing point A. Usually, that would be the end of the review. Still, this particular little horror has an unexpected “twist” that makes it slightly more entertaining than almost every other survival horror released recently.
Nadja and David are a couple in trouble. It seems that their ideas of life together making it work in Stockholm haven’t been realised and its slowly taking its toll on their relationship. To make matters more complicated, Nadja is also pregnant. And she is unsure if she wants to keep the baby because of the turmoil in the relationship. After a furious exchange with Nadja, David gets the hint and makes a valiant effort to bring Nadja back into their relationship and on better terms. He decides to take Nadja away to the southern part of Sweden where it’s cold, wintery and snowing most of the time. This is apparently the best weather to get lost in (not really), and the couple heads off on their trip.
As they make their way to the hotel, they make a petrol stop and run into two particularly unsavoury looking game hunters paying way too much attention to Nadja. On the way out, David accidentally hits the bumper of their car, but they take off before the hunters return. Things seem to be going well for the couple until they come out to their car to find racist graffiti on the license plate and scratches along their car. Nadja immediately loses her temper, takes her keys out of her pocket and scratches the two hunters’ car. They take off and make their way to their destination. All seems well until they notice a red dot on their tent following them everywhere they go. It’s clearly evident that David and Nadja have become targets and their lives turn into a living hell as they go on the run for the lives.
It all may seem like it’s an uninspiring story of yet another couple who have invited “bad men with guns” into their lives who then hunt down our couple relentlessly until they meet their gruesome end. But there is a little more to the film and plot that may surprise you as it did us. And the two main actors play their parts well; they’re believable, and their onscreen chemistry works. But beyond that, it’s no different to any other survival horror where people screw up and/or pick on the wrong people and end up being hunted by psychotic killers. Solid performances by the lead actors and a nice change in the plot make this horror slightly better than other films with similar storylines such as “Let It Snow”.
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