Saturday, November 2, 2013
Deliverance is a rare example of a film that’s actually spawned some quality imitators—and this is the best of them, and possibly the least-seen. Five doctors set out on their annual camping excursion, and while they may not always be the most sympathetic bunch—they bicker and whine—the men become increasingly sympathetic as the realization sets in that this may be their final trip. After their boots are mysteriously stolen, things go from bad to worse, until their idyllic wilderness trek descends into a full-on fight for their lives—and their attackers motivations just might be personal. Anchoring this grim, brutal (yet not overly bloody) backwoods survivalist horror entry is a commanding lead performance by Hal Holbrook.