But then again, every now and then a movie comes around that gets climbing right...or at least a little bit right. Thus was the case for the British film, A Lonely Place to Die.
A Lonely Place to die is actually quite a good action movie style ride. The climbers simply are in the wrong place at the wrong time and this puts them into the middle of a violent conflict. The climbers don't just turn into action movie stars, they turn into victims. Their climbing skills provide little comfort when it comes to men with guns, and this gives the whole film a somewhat realistic feel. Climbers are not super-people, instead they are normal people with unusual interests. Such interests may make them hardy in the woods, but don't make them anything special against hardened criminals.
Action movies tend to be a very generic form of entertainment. A Lonely Place to Die does have some moments that have that generic feel, but for the most part it travels new ground in both the climbing and the action genre...
--Jason D. Martin