Film #90: HIGH LANE
2.5 out of 5 stars
Imagine WRONG TURN meets CLIFFHANGER and you’re not too far off on this one. A group of fairly unlikable people go into the Balkan Mountains to do some mountain climbing on a supposedly 3 hour expedition. At quite literally the point of no return, their way back is destroyed and they must continue on. As the day progresses, it becomes clear that there is something ELSE on the mountain and whatever it is begins hunting them one-by-one. The cinematography in HIGH LANE is pretty amazing with huge mountain vistas and forests taking up the screen. Sadly though, when we get into the meat (no pun intended) of the story, the proceedings start to become all too familiar. It’s like you’ve seen everything in another film… and you have. Still, for all its derivativeness, there is still some fun to be had with HIGH LANE. The scenery is beautiful, the stage on which the story is set is novel (even if nothing else is), and the kills are pretty unexpected when they happen. HIGH LANE is not a bad time-waster if you’re bored and as long as you go in with lowered expectations, but it does suffer due to its lack of originality. Again, not bad… just not great.