John Boyd (Guy Pearce) gets a promotion
after defeating a Mexican American War
during the 1800's but is in third on
command after Colonel Hart (Jeffrey
Jones) realizes it was an act of
cowardice that got him there, he is given
a backhanded promotion to Fort Spencer,
where he is third in command which is at
an isolated area near some mountains.
They rescue a Scottish stranger named
F.W. Colqhoun (Robert Carlyle) after
nearly freezing to death from frostbite
as he told the rest on how he survived
which included cannibalism and tells
everyone where he hid out which was in a
nearby cave and so everyone goes there to
find any more survivors. However F.W. is
discovered later on as a canniballistic
maniac and killing everyone that went
with him and eating them too with Boyd
escaping and injured while going back top
his area and then he discovers that F.W.
beat him there and is now a Colonel and
he tries to warn others about him yet
they don't believe him and is blamed when
any deaths have happened.
disturbing moment during the beginning of
this movie showing people around a dinner
table pigging out on some meat that's not
your usual kind with a good shot on Capt. John Boyd looking choked up staring at
his and then going outside to vomit which
really grosses you out by how this was
There's a good strong conversation between Capt. John Boyd and Col. Hart when he goes
to the area near the mountains and being
told what to do with his duty.
A great powerful moment with Col. Ives waking up after being
rescued and told what he had done during
his moments on survival giving it a nice
creepy feel to it with how he said all of
There's a good moment with Ives speaking to Hart about tying
him up for the safety to others on his
hunger for human meat as it looked quite
Another good moment with Ives coming up towards Pvt. Toffler with him getting nervous on
all of this. There's good close up shots
during this moment too.
A nice shot looking up with
Pearce looking down a hole near a cave as
well as him and others looking around and spotting
skeletal objects. Meanwhile we spot great
moments on Ives going crazy
killing people with good shots on him
shooting or stabbing someone.
A nice chase in the woods as well
as Ives cornering John near a cliff and taunting him and then John himself gets freaked out by all of this.
There's a nice shot on Ives
jumping off a cliff as well as great
suspenseful shots on John rollling down a hill.
There's a good shot on John limping back to the area staring at Pvt. Cleaves with him looking
surprised and then calling for the other
A great moment on John tripping out after spotting Ives there
as one of the new lieutenant's and
getting choked up telling the other what
he has done which looked very
A nice hallucination scene with John knocking Cleaves down, then
repeatedly stabbing him and eating his
There's a good camera circling around
both Ives and John outside with him talking
to him wickedly and then John himself losing control and getting violent.
Good shot looking up on
out and kicking John as well as
A good cold discussion with Hart speaking towards John about
how to survive in the forest and eating
others as well as him getting crazy and
There's many good takes with a battle
between John and Ives fighting outdoors using swords or other
deadly devices and nice shots on all of
Bottom line is when I first
watched this flick I wondered if I was
going to be grossed out thinking I wasn't
ready for it but it's not as bad as it
seems. The film is unscary and a bit of a
bore but there's are strong scene's at
times just passing for this one to be
average but barely passing.
There's some good struggling moments here
and there along with a killer telling his
past giving it a good horror feel to it
plus we see some violent bloodshed with a
talented cast. But yet it doesn't make up
for the plot which sometimes metla away
like the snow in this film.
I did like the snowy mountains and some
of the stuntwork used during a moment to
survive from a bloodthristy killer though
so it was well shot.
The acting is not
too bad as lead actor Guy Pierce
(Capt. John Boyd) really brought terrific energy to his
character with his insecure and paranoid
attitude as well as getting freaked out
too. He also showed nice tripping out
actions when things are turned against
him and knew how to do his blocking
perfestly with his battling. He brought
all of this making it look totally
Robert Carlyle (Col. Ives / F.W.
Colqhoun) was great playing the
canniballistic character acting excited
and crazy. He truly looked demented too
almost resembling Charles Manson. He also
knew how to act calm and speaking evilly
too. He proved what he had to do to
convince the audience that he was a
dangerous person to be around.
Jeremy Davies (Pvt. Toffler) was a bit too hokey
with what he had to do and didn't come
off too seriously sadly. He did however
do well playing a wimpy part of the team
in this film so I will give him credit
for trying his best as you can tell he
wasn't intentionally making his
performance look bad.
Jeffrey Jones (Col. Hart) was perfect in his
part as a Colonel in the film and really
knew his craft but of course he normally
played these types of roles bringing a
great seriousness to his people and
acting aggressive and intense too. He's
normally done well with any kind of gig
exposes his butt while getting up
without any clothes on
There's meat set
on a table which doesn't look like it's
from an animal.
Some bloodied corpses are piled up on one
We spot skeletal corpses and body pieces
in a cave.
Many bloody stabbings and shootings.
A person is gutted in the woods.
A persons leg is mangled.
A corpse is being carved.
Horses are slaughtered in a barn.
A real bloodt slit throat.
different types of music scores which
were composed by separate composers named
Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman.
There's some bajo playing and different
types of outdoor style country sounds for
when the film starts up with the lead
actor appraching the lodges in the
wintertime near some mountains. There's
also great dark music sounds for when a
creepy story is told by an estranged man
nearly left for dead. Plus there's some
stick hitting sounds for the adventureous
moments in the wooded area against a
canniballistic killer. Not only that, we
hear some great gloomy adventureous
keyboard playing during a final battle.
Pvt. Toffler: He was
Ives: If you die
first, I am definitely going to eat you,
but the question is, if I die, what are
you going to do? Bon appétit... Eat or
Ives: Eat to live.
Don't live to eat.
[Looking through a
spyglass as three people approach the
Colhoun: Breakfast... lunch... and