Killing Ground (2016) Tiarnie Coupland, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Pedersen, Maya Stange, Aaron Glenane, Stephen Hunter, Mitzi Ruhlmann, Ian Meadows Movie Review

Killing Ground (2016)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Killing Ground (2016)

Eden Falls

Sam (Harriet Dyer) and Ian (Ian Meadows) have decided to get away for a romantic holiday, camping up near the falls where one of them use to go when he was young. They discover on getting there that they are not the only ones to have the same idea as there is already a tent pitched up. But when no one shows up they begin to get inquisitive over what now appears to be an abandoned tent. What they come across turns their romantic get away in to some thing unexpected.

That synopsis sounds pretty familiar doesn't it, couple head out to the middle of nowhere and stumble across a crime scene and there little getaway doesn't turn out as planned. But "Killing Ground" tries to be clever because we have two time lines at play as whilst we get to see Sam and Ian come across the abandoned tent we also see what happened to the family who were staying in it. Now I am sure there are those who will find this an inspired take on a familiar storyline but truthfully I found it to be more of a hindrance than an enhancement to the story and at times only achieved making this feel messy.

Now I am guessing part of the reason for having this split narrative is to try and breed some doubt in the audience's mind as to what will happen to Sam and Ian and what actually happened to the other family. Sadly what this does is only make it feel drawn out for the first half of the movie before we then get the violence, some suggested, some more in your face. Shockingly I was expecting more from this side of the movie and to be honest I felt a little disappointed by what the pay off was.

What this all boils down to is that I can understand why some will enjoy the split timeline of "Killing Ground" and find it an interesting take on the usual survival in the wilderness storyline. But for me the split timeline made this feel slow going and truth be told the pay off when it comes to the violence wasn't enough for me.