Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Backcountry

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88% (Critics) / 80% (Audience)
Directed By: Adam MacDonald
Written By: Adam MacDonald
Starring: Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour, Nicholas Campbell
Studio: IFC Films
Synopsis: An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear. – (Source)

The Good:
There are two really cool scenes with the rampaging bear: one where he first comes across our main couple and you can see him sniffing around through the fabric of the tent and then when he finally decides to introduce himself by way of a really brutal attack scene.

The Bad:
The two main characters are not very engaging and since 98% of the movie is just the two of them it makes for a painful slog through this films 92 minute running time. I didn’t care about them and I really didn’t care about their relationship which I guess I was supposed to since so much of the movie was about it.

The Ugly:
I was so confused by why Eric Balfour’s character spoke with an Irish accent. If the character was written as an Irishman then why would you hire Eric Balfour of all people to play the part and if the role was not written as an Irishman then why the hell would you allow Eric Balfour to trot out an accent as bad as the one he used? It was just confounding to me. But I also don’t get why Balfour’s character was even in the movie since he showed up very early and then was not seen again aside from a few seconds at the very end.

Final Verdict: This movie was utterly pointless from it’s cast of characters to it’s go nowhere plot. Aside from a couple of cool scenes featuring a surly black bear there is nothing worthwhile about this entire film.

Grade: D-

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