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(aka "Dead Mountain" or "Nagmi" or "Мина начинает тикать")

 

directed by Levan Bakhia
Georgia 2015

 

In the land of post-HOSTEL "You can't trust a foreigner" xenophobia, Daniel (Dean Geyer, THE SAND) and Alicia (Spencer Locke, MONSTER HOUSE) determine a trip to Georgia and a camp-out in a former Russian minefield with friend Chris (Sterling Knight, 17 AGAIN) to be the perfect pre-wedding jaunt. Joined by local Red Cross park ranger friend Devi (Giorgi Tsaava, TANGERINES), their celebrating is short-lived when Chris accidentally steps on a Russian mine. Forced to stand perfectly still while Devi goes for help at the nearest town four hours away, Chris knows he must come clean about the one time he and Alicia slept together once Daniel refuses to leave his side. Daniel is suddenly not feeling so loyal and leaves Chris and Alicia to wait for help or for Chris to go kaboom, whichever comes first. As Alicia exhausts herself trying to dig a trench Chris can hopefully jump into and escape injury from the imminent explosion, both she and the virtually paralyzed Chris are left vulnerable to predatory Georgians like hunter Ilya (Kote Tolordava) who makes increasingly salacious demands in return for the help they beg of him. As Alicia tries to hold her own against Ilya and his shotgun, Chris must literally think on his feet to gain some degree of control over he situation while rooted to a single spot and sometimes only able to hear what is going on between the other two.

Let down by poor acting, outlandish plot turns, and credibility-straining displays of bravado (which may be intentional as Ilya quips to Chris, "You step on a landmine and you call me an idiot") that erase all sympathy for the protagonists, LANDMINE GOES CLICK scuttles an ideal low-budget premise by emphasizing unpleasantness over actual suspense by being all too eager to realize the threats of sexual violence and depriving the protagonists of the wits to engage any of their opponents. The climax is extended by an entire protracted third act that really is no more nihilistic that what happened roughly a half hour earlier. Attractive photography and capable staging are about the only thing the film really has going for it.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 10 November 2015 (USA)

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DVD Review: Icon Home Entertainment (Frightfest Presents) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Icon Home Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:40:39 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.2 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English/Georgian/Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Icon Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
� Introduction (16:9; 2:46)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: July 26th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Icon's dual-layer, high-bitrate treatment gives this digitally-lensed production a more than adequate encode with the image looking quite nice in general apart from some faint noise and crush in the darker scenes that appears to have more to do with the color correction than the DVD mastering. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix is adequate in conveying the dialogue and sound effects although the Australian Blu-ray edition of the film has a 5.1 track suggesting that six channel surround is the original mix. Optional English HoH subtitles help with some of the accented dialogue as well as translating the Russian and Georgian dialogue. There are no extras apart from an introduction by the Frightfest programmers and trailers for the four other 2016 Frightfest titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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