Backcountry (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama
92 minutes /

User Score: 75/100

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Backcountry Review


An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.

Backcountry (2014) is a Canadian drama thriller horror movie that is 92 minutes long and was filmed in Powassan, Ontario, Canada and North Bay, Ontario, Canada. The title of this movie suits the movie storyline. Director and writer Adam MacDonald (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), Being Erica (2009), Snow in August (2001), Home Sweet Home (2013)) did a fantastic job bringing his story to life. I enjoyed watching this movie because it is a test of their relationship, and it will either break them or bring them closer together.

Alex (Jeff Roop - Vampire High (2001), Code Breakers (2005), Jekyll + Hyde (2006), Widow on the Hill (2005)) and his wife Jenn (Missy Peregrym - Rookie Blue (2010), Stick It (2006), Reaper (2007), Wide Awake (2007)) is an urban couple. Alex is an outdoorsman who loves the wilderness and Jenn is a corporate lawyer that does not like the outdoors. Alex convinced his wife to go camping in the Canadian wilderness with him although she really does not want to. They went to Alex’s favorite spot in Provincial Park, Blackfoot Trail. Things start going bumpy on their first night in the forest. They met Brad (Eric Balfour - Skyline (2010), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Haven (2010), What Women Want (2000)) whom began liking Jenn in more than a friendly way. Alex is now anxious to reach Blackfoot Trail as he feels threatened by Brad. Alex is stubborn and treks deeper and deeper into the woods declaring that he remembers the way to get to the secluded Blackfoot Trail. I was asking myself - if Alex feels threatened by Brad and sensed a presence of danger then why in the world does he continue to make his way to a trail that is secluded? Like going to a secluded trail was not bad enough, their trail disappears after three days and, needless to say, stubborn Alex, and his wife are lost in the wilderness with Brad on the loose. They do not have any survival skills, no food or water, and the weather is against them. They are tired, hopeless, and their relationship is at a great risk of falling apart than it was before. Alex and Jenn are having a true test of faith as they realize that they are now in the bear land, meaning the path they are on now is surrounded by bears.

Jeff Roop and Missy Peregrym did a great job convincing the viewers that they are a real couple. Many people cannot pull that off, but they did a convincing job. The sets was a treat for me as I do like the wilderness/forest. I felt emotions for the characters which is uncommon in a lot of movies I have seen lately. The special effects could have been better as well as the lighting effects. Overall the movie was a great watch but I would not watch it again. Yes, I do recommend it to horror fans to watch.

About Backcountry 2014

Title: Backcountry
Year: 2014
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.75/5 stars from 16 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 16
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Nicholas Campbell, Eric Balfour, Jeff Roop, Missy Peregrym, Melanie Mullen, Ashley Nay
Writers: Adam MacDonald
Director: Adam MacDonald