DVD Review: Into The Forest
A lot of post-apocalyptic films are pretty exciting, full of heart pounding action. It’s almost as if people actually think that the end of civilization as we know it will be an exciting time.
Into The Forest begins on the eve of the end, and i’ll be upfront about the film. Most people will find it as slow and boring as the end of civilization would probably be. But that’s ok. If you have a short attention span, stop reading now – it’s a miracle you got this far – because Into The Forest tries for a more realistic approach to the end and what comes next.
Taking a break so one of his daughters can focus on her dance training a father and his two daughters head out to their remote holiday home in the Canadian woods. Whilst it’s a great house in a stunning location, it’s also obvious that dad has let it get run down and it desperately needs some work. But that’s ok, they have plenty of time to sort that stuff out.
But then the power goes out. And not in the it’ll-be-back-on-soon kind of way. More in the catastrophic rolling failure where it never gets back on. No powwer, period. No more deliveries to remote communities, no more factory production lines. No more petrol.
Now you’re on your own.
Now I’m not sure if this is a considered a SPOILER or not, so first SPOILER WARNING.
Ok, lets continue.
and it’s probably not a spoiler as it’s fairly obvious, but shortly into this post apocalyptic tale, dad has an accident and bleeds to death. So now we have a survival story featuring two very different sisters. One who thinks that she still needs to focus on her dance as the competitions are coming up soon, and the other who starts reading up on the books that dad has left behind; foraging for food, planting food, hunting.
If I ever have to endure a post apocalyptic situation, I want to do it with Ellen Page.
Of course with two very different personalities at play, the sisters don’t always see eye to eye, and this is where this slow burn story really gets interesting. We get to witness the strains and breaks in their relationships, but ultimately we get to see the true power of sisterly devotion. And in the end, despite the slightly off kilter ending, we are rewarded with a grueling tale of a desolate world filled with warmth and emotion.
Rating: R16 Violence, sexual violence, offensive language & sex scenes.