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BLACK ROCK
Year
2012

Director
Katie Aselton

Writer
Mark Duplass
Katie Aselton
Genre
Horror, Thriller

Cast
Katie Aselton
Lake Bell
Kate Bosworth
Will Bouvier
Jay Paulson
Plot Summary
Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.
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Review by Jigsaw
This movie doesn't have a lot going on, really - six total characters, and really, only five get all that much screen-time. It felt like a cheaper version of Eden Lake, more or less.

While at first I didn't know where the story was going, once the catalyst to the action occurred, everything afterward was pretty predictable. The gore was decent, more on the realistic side as opposed to a splatter film.

What was really the strong point of the movie was the friendship, somewhat strained, between the three main female friends. While the dialogue can sometimes feel like a bit much, I thought it worked out well, and the actresses all did a decently good job (Kate Bosworth being my favorite, as I also enjoyed her performance in 2008's crime/drama movie 21). For most of the beginning, it felt like a real friendship, and to me, they seemed to talk like real people, which isn't something that is always seen in movies.

Past a certain point, though, things drag a bit, which is saying something, as the film's under 80 minutes. It starts out decently strong, but peters out about twenty minutes in or so. All-in-all, Black Rock's not a bad movie, but in the end, it feels rather more average than I'd have preferred. An okay viewing the first time around, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it again. 6.5/10 (rounded down to 6/10 to fit site's format).
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