Thursday, July 30, 2009

Long Weekend A.K.A. Nature's Grave Movie Review 46

This is a remake of a movie of the same name from 1978. It is directed by Jamie Blanks who also did Valentine and Urban Legend. It stars Jim Caviezel and Claudia Karvan.

Peter(Caviezel) and Carla(Karvan) are a couple whose relationship is falling apart. They are going for a vacation to the countryside to try and patch up their failing marriage. Carla had an affair and she became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. Peter is angry at her because he didn't know if the child was his or the other guy's and she didn't consult him before she got rid of it. Carla isn't too fond of camping unlike Peter who packs up his gun and his surfboard. They are going to a secluded beach with their dog.

We see from their behaviour that they are not at one with nature and they abuse it many times. You just know that nature is going to fight back!They are falling out with each other every few minutes and when things start to go wrong for them, Carla wants to go home. She doesn't want to stay after they discover something weird in the water while Peter is swimming. Then they discover a dead sea cow on the beach. It looks as if it has been dragged along, but there is nobody else on the beach...Carla tries to get out of there, but Peter has done something to their jeep so she can't go. They see another vehicle out there, but they can't find anyone in it. Peter pokes around and he finds dead bodies. He is determined to get the hell out of the bush now...

They can't find the dog and Peter won't leave without it. Carla takes off anyway and she leaves him with the dog. Peter spends the night at the camp and the next morning, he awakes to find the sea cow beside him. It has been dragged all the way to the camp. He is horrified and he runs through the bush. He comes upon Carla who has been killed. He finds the jeep and tries to drive out of the bush but he crashes it. He races through the bush and...I'm not giving away the ending.. Let's just say it's not much of a surprise...

I liked this movie,but I found it a little slow. You could have cut out most of it and just left in the creepy parts..All in all, it was interesting more than anything else. Scary? Not really. I am giving it a 5/10.


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