woensdag 6 april 2016

100 Movie Challenge 2016 - # 43: Deliverance

Director: John Boorman
Genre: Drama/ Thriller/ Adventure
Runtime: 105 minutes
Year: 1972
Starring: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Ed Ramey, Seamon Glass, Randall Deal, Bill McKinney, Lewis Crone, Ken Keener, Johnny Popwell, John Fowler, Kathy Rickman, Louise Coldren

Description: Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock (Burt Reynolds) takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Review: Four friends are on a canoe trip on the Cahulawassee River, before it’s gone by the making of a dam. The people that live in the region are all rednecks. When two of the men take a break and go on land for a while, two of the locals are waiting for them. One of them is being raped, while the other one is almost being killed. Luckily for them, their two other friends are their to help them. What had to be a fun time with friends, turns into a dramatic adventure.
One of the first scenes in “Deliverance” is classic. The dueling banjos. Everyone knows this tune, even if you haven’t seen this film before. The song returns now and then and enhances the atmosphere. The back to nature atmosphere is also strong present, beautiful visuals.
What “Jaws” did for swimming in the oceans, “Deliverance” did for canoe trips. The famous lines ‘squeal like a pig’ hit every nerve. This shocking experience has a different effect on all four men. Bobby wants to forget everything as soon as possible. Lewis takes charge, he wants to deal with it and never talk about it again. Drew can’t deal with it at all, but has to. And Ed shows that he has what it takes to survive, eventhough he seems shy and insecure.
Because the film has such a heavy load, the film is above the average adventure film. The rednecks are very stereotypical, but all in all “Deliverance” is a film filled with tension, it’s beautifully filmed and well performed by the actors and director.

Rating: 4,5/ 5

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