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I thought it'd be a witty, hot fuzz type of movie, but this is barely watchable drivel with no memorable moments and a script that could've been written by a middle schooler. How did they get James Cosmo, Kate Dickie, and Jonathan Aris to be part of this? Amazon must have paid them well...
This could and should end up being a cult-classic in the future. What a bloody brilliant romp through the Highlands of Scotland as we meet the Farmers, and the Elite hunters. You feel as if you are taking part in the present battle of equality and righteousness in the world against the wasteful, careless, and unguarded Elite.
A total takedown of those in power who could care less about the little people.
The music tracks kick up a sweet beat. The continuing energy of this edge-of-your-seat rare comedy-thriller should cause you to burst out laughing several times, while wondering WTF is going on. The whiteboarding for this had to be intensive. Everything comes together perfectly in the most shocking, and hysterical ways possible.
The acting of the young men is excellent, and the direction makes you forget you're watching a film, and are following along invisibly in the Highlands of Scotland.
Turn on the subtitles, because you'll be laughing through most of the lines, and they speak fast. Very much in the style of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead - it's a new generation's version of comedy. That said, it's a great film for all (adult) ages - had us laughing from start to end. Well written, well cast, and unpredictable. Loved it!
It's a thinly veiled British political allegory, rolled in a stoner hip-hop story, shot on location on the Scottish Highlands. Sounds ridiculous but it works. Music is used especially well in service of comic timing and editing. The biggest issue is that it ramps up to a frenetic pace a bit early and blows its load prematurely. Far from perfect, however, the many hilarious moments make up for its flaws. Also fans of British series will appreciate some familiar dramatic heavies doing comedy.
This movie is really targeted towards people under 30, or perhaps even 25. It is very British, so some may have a problem with the accents. And a lot of hip-hop. And a lot of foul language and sexual references, best caught in subtitles if one is not fluent in hip-hop. There are four young men on a ‘survival’ trip in the Highlands that will give them a Duke of Edinburgh Award upon completion. Three could be considered misfits, and one is serious about the award. Most of the movie is rather zany, and there are some genuine funny bits, like when Ian manages to break the lock off of what he expects to be a trap door to escape those who are after him. And what the rabbit poo is good for. There is a subplot of several incompetent police who think they are on the verge of a big discovery that will secure their future, when they are actually supposed to be after a bread thief. In unfortunate timing, there is a scene when the cops think they are after an urban gang from London, and they radio in the description of the gang (which they didn’t see) that in current times is very unfortunate. As I write this, the movie is being given very high marks, and that most likely reflects reviewers of a younger age group.
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
Farmers, the youth, drugs and hip-hop will overturn centuries of royalty and clueless authority. "We're our own army" they'll scream. This type of war exists more so in cinema and storytelling, making the youthful observer believe they are outcasts of the caste system when it's really not that simple. Entertaining malarkey, no doubt, but don't expect a revelation or life lesson any more than a comical criticism of pigeon-holed groups amplified from a pedestaled projector. The last 40 minutes went ham in this regard and lost its initial creativity and entertainment. The point is rammed home that the bad guys are the old school, and old, ones that are patriotic and traditional, with the villians making statements like, "The youths gone feral. They're making a mockery of everything this country stands for". The message is ultimately that the older generations have ruined the current generations world and the current generation is not responsible for it. I wasn't routing for the villians, they sucked, but I was ready for the boys to be killed off. "Give em hell" they tell the ladies when it's their turn to burn the old world.
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
The 1 Star is for 'the worst' music ever !!! I tried to enjoy this comedy but that horrendous senseless noise kept interrupting so half way through I gave up. Had the music been a bit more tolerable I could've finished to the end, but it was the worst.