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Director: John Meyers

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Year: 2014

Rating: NR

This hunt would have been like so many others for buck tracker Joe Dawkins. He awaits the arrival of Greg, a lawyer whose failures fuel an obsession for advancement at any cost. Greg has hired Joe to win a wager made by his boss that would secure a promotion he otherwise would never see. The peace of the woods no longer exists for Joe. He is haunted by guilt over his wife's death a year ago when he refused to abandon a monster buck track to return to her side. On his way to the hunt, Joe discovers that his daughter is under the thumb of a violent drug dealer. Saving Jenna becomes the only purpose remaining for Joe. Yet when he gets on the track of the same buck that eluded him a year before, it leads to a terrifying place and puts Greg’s inexperience in the woods to the ultimate test.

"The Guide" tells the story of Joe, an expert tracker that use to love hunting but he has not been the same since his wife died a year ago. Joe blames himself for her death since he was out chasing a huge buck instead of being home by her side. And then there is Joe's daughter Jenna who has gotten herself in trouble with a local drug dealer who threatens to kill her if she doesn't give back the drugs she stole. Around the same time Joe is supposed to be a tracker for a Lawyer and his brother-in-law, it seems the boss at the law firm has made a promotion into some sort of contest so Greg needs Joe to help him catch a monster buck so he can advance in the firm but Greg doesn't know that Joe is not the same man anymore and the deeper they go into the woods the less sane Joe becomes.

"The guide" is a drama/psychological thriller that has a slow yet deliberate pace. It takes its time building the story, filling in the gaps from the past and introducing the characters. This is a moody film that is beautiful to look at yet haunting at the same time which I guess is fitting considering where Joe is headed. The score also helps in creating the mood and atmosphere.

To talk too much about what happens in the film would only ruin the story for those waiting to see it and I never like to spoil a film like that but I can tell you that it this is a captivating story that grabs your attention right from the start and it keeps it all the way to its suspense filled ending.

A tragic tale that is beautifully written, shot and scored, it also has a cast that really brings their characters to life. Like I already stated the film is slow moving but it has a great yet tragic end that will leave you shocked and thinking about it long after it is over.

Available now on DVD which you can order HERE.

This is a film that is not going to be for everyone, those looking for action need to look elsewhere but if you like a good drama/thriller that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat look no further than "The Guide."

Released by Monarch Home Entertainment

**** Out Of *****