Gripping thriller, with a good cast
Backwoods is one of those movies capable of attracting the viewerwithout needing extraordinary special effects, on the contrary, simplycreating a truly suspenseful sequence of events, set in a frighteningatmosphere. The choice of an abandoned rural home in the Basque forest,where the slow movements of the characters are followed by a distancedcamera, giving the idea there's someone watching them from a distance,proves really effective. The plot in itself is rather simple, and withno plot twists, except in the finale, open to differentinterpretations. On the whole, everything sounds very minimal, howeverwhat keeps the viewer attached to the screen is the solid build-up ofan authentic thrilling feeling, where setting and shooting are wiselyemployed. The cohesive and good cast also help build the grippingatmosphere till the end, the characters are well developed and theirinteraction intelligently explored. The only flaw: I watched the partsspoken in Spanish without subtitles which made me lose some significantdialogues. Apart from this, a wise opera prima by the director KoldoSerra, proving that the mechanisms of fear are always the same and thatwe need very little to feel scared.