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Young couple Tom (Iain De Caestecker of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Lucy (Alice Englert of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES) are driving to a festival in the remote Irish countryside. When they leave the main highway to look for their hotel, they quickly lose their way along the back-roads. Lost and tormented as night falls, Tom and Lucy's primal anxieties of the dark and the unknown start to take hold. When the couple discovers they are not alone, they realize that their worst fears lay in the road ahead.
"In Fear" focuses on Tom and Lucy. The two only met a few weeks ago but they seem pretty comfortable together. They have plans of attending a festival with a bunch of other people by Tom suggests they spend one night in a local hotel that is billed to be a paradise of sorts but the signs on the backwoods roads are misleading and they just keep going in circles. It does not take them long to figure out that someone is playing games with them knowing that neither of them know the area.
"In fear" has received a lot of critical acclaim so I was eager to have a look myself at it, what I found was a mixed bag. The film starts off a bit slow so you need to hang in there while it introduces both characters and the basic storyline. It is not until around 20 minutes in before things start to get a bit interesting.
The film is a slow burn all the way through but it does have some good suspense and tension at times but for me they were too far and too few to make up for the moments where everything looks the same and scenes look the same as well. There is also same strange behavior going on as far as the characters doing certain things that were not very logical at times and the dialogue could of been a bit better.
Now before anyone thinks I am totally bashing the film I am not. It does have its moments and I think Director, Jeremy Lovering did a great job considering the material and budget he had to work with here. I just do not see the hype a lot of other Critics created. I give the film credit for being a bit different but with a bit more spit and polish it could of been a real Indie gem. Instead it was a bit above average to me but I recommend to fans of Indie and those looking for something a bit different, there is not much in the way of action and there is a whole bunch of the same thing but there are some pretty intense moments in the film as well.
Available on DVD with Special Features that include: Behind The Scenes
You can order the DVD HERE.
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
*** Out Of *****