We are firmly in thriller territory here as three young women get more than they bargain for when they reunite for a nostalgic weekend away camping on a remote island they frequently visited as kids.
Two of the three women make the trip despite reluctance due to resentment and tension that has built up between the pair over many years without contact. Yet the pair agree to go for the sake of the third friend who teases and pleads with them. It’s not long before the three young ladies are setting up camp, drinking alcohol and generally trying to resolve differences. Things seem to be progressing well between the threesome and then…
Enter three shading looking characters with guns and knives.
Although clearly troubling, things start off quite friendly as the three guys are out hunting for deer and don’t really pose a threat. Not until a tragic accident occurs which causes things to spiral out of control. From here on the girls find themselves on the run and being hunted by men that have very little to lose. Vulnerable, defenseless and stranded, the three girls are forced to decide what action they should take; attack the men before they are attacked themselves? or make a run for a boat? which could be fatal as they look like sitting ducks.
Black Rock is a neat little film without offering anything above and beyond. Well made and well acted by the three girls as I felt myself really rooting for a couple of the girls in particular (even if they do come across quite annoying in the first half of the film). There is some tension to be had here but mostly this is formulamatic stuff.
That’s not to say it’s not entertaining for as long as it lasts which is thankfully only approx 90 mins in duration which I find perfect for a film of this type as it doesn’t feel over-long and never drags its feet like some thrillers tend to do. Interesting questions surrounding what constitutes as rape and soldiers being discharged from war abruptly and unjustly are bound to get raised yet, without getting all political, this is essentially just another cat and mouse thriller that will leave you entertained but nothing more. Watchable but hardly distinctive.