BACKCOUNTRY / ODLUDZIE / NA SZLAKU (2014)
GATUNEK: Dramat, Horror, Thriller
OPIS FILMU: Alex (Jeff Roop) i Jenn (Missy Peregrym) postanawiają spędzić wakacje w kanadyjskiej puszczy. On, jako zapalony podróżnik jest podekcytowany wspólną przygodą. Ona – prawniczka z wielkiego miasta – wręcz przeciwnie. Jednak po usilnych przekonywaniach ze strony Alexa, dziewczyna decyduje się na kilkudniową podróż zacisznym Szlakiem Czarnej Stopy. Podczas pierwszej nocy w głuszy na swojej drodze napotykają tajemniczego mężczyznę, który przejawia niepokojące zainteresowanie Jenn, co dodatkowo motywuje Alexa do jak najszybszego dotarcia do celu. Para po trzech dniach gubi drogę. Gdy okazuje się, że znajdują się na terytorium czarnego niedźwiedzia, muszą podjąć walkę o życie z niebezpiecznym drapieżnikiem.
PLOT: Alex (Jeff Roop) and Jenn (Missy Peregrym) are seen leaving the city in their SUV headed toward backcountry area. Jenn is seen throughout the beginning glued to her cellphone. They arrive at the visitor center and are greeted by the park ranger (Nicholas Campbell). Alex tells him they have a reservation and will be leaving Monday. When asked if they need a trail map, Alex claims he’s been here more than enough to head the adventure without a trail map thus leaving the center without one. As the couple prepares for their backpacking trip, Alex sees that Jenn has packed her cellphone on the left side pocket of her backpack. Later the audience finds out that he takes it out and leaves it in their car.
The duo begins their adventure by canoe. They arrive at their campsite and Alex hurts his foot by dropping the canoe on his toe. As they begin to unload and start setting up their tent, Alex pokes fun at Jenn’s choice of items such as a handheld flare and bear spray claiming she won’t need it. Alex intiates a skinny dipping session as they pass a waterhole. As night begins to settle, Alex goes for more firewood, leaving Jenn alone and comes back to find that Brad (Eric Balfour) has accompanied Jenn whilst he was gone. Alex sees the duo and loudly drops the firewood as an entrance into their conversation. He finds out that Jenn has invited Brad for dinner, as Brad has caught a few fish. Alex goes into the tent to look for a shirt and calls Jenn inside to talk with her about Brad.
He voices his concerns and when the couple comes out of the tent, Brad sees that he is unwanted and decides to leave and the couple states it was a misunderstanding and that he should indeed stay for dinner. Throughout the dinner, Alex and Jenn protray uneasiness. When asked if they should pair the fish with a starch substance, Alex picks veggies and Brad picks potatoes. When Jenn offers to have both, Brad insists on having only potatoes, further increasing the tension in the group. While Brad is very comfortable in front of the couple to the point of peeing in front of them, the couple become more and more uneasy.
The dinner concludes and as Brad is about to depart on his own trek, he turns around last minute and brings up the statement that Alex had mentioned earlier about it being a „misunderstanding”. Alex states he doesn’t know what he means by asking that question and Brad responds with a snarky attitude stating he knows exactly what he means. Alex explains himself and Brad walks away. Alex reprimands Jenn for asking Brad to dinner, as she apologizes multiple times.
The morning after Alex is making breakfast for Jenn, she states it is the first time he has ever made breakfast for her. The couple continues to hike, Alex noticing a bear print in the trail, but chooses to keep it to himself and continues on the trail. He sees a wintergreen plant and eats the leaves, asking if Jenn wants any, she declines. as night settles again, the duo sets up camp and throughout the night strange noises are heard, prompting Jenn to believe it’s a bear. Alex dismisses the idea and attributes the noises to acorns falling. In the morning Alex is outside looking at a broken branch and Jenn says with sarcasm „Did an acorn do that?”
The couple continues their hike and Alex decides to go off the beaten path to the lake he’s been to a couple of times before. Just as he thinks they are about to be greeted by a beautiful view of the lake, he is shocked to find out they are lost and without a trail map. It is also revealed that Alex has taken her cellphone and left it in the car. The two get into a heated argument and words are thrown. Jenn asks why did Alex even bring them on this trip and he responds with „I was going to propose to you.” Moments later she apologizes and then so does he.
At night a black bear pokes around the tent while they are sleeping and eats the food stored in a bag outside. The couple wakes up and see this. When Jenn asks if it was a bear, Alex responds that it was a raccoon he saw last night. The bear attacks the following morning, eventually making its way into the tent and starts its attack by swiping at Jenn’s arm and then biting into Alex’s shin, eventually dragging Alex outside and eating him alive. She manages to escape the battered tent while the bear is busy tending to Alex. She takes the engagement ring before running away.
She starts making her way back, sees some wintergreen and begins eating the leaves by the bunch. She starts succumbing to dehydration, but she manages to make her way back to where they left their canoe and she paddles back to the visitor center. It is seen that Brad is briefing a group of search and rescue volunteers when one of them points to a stumbling Jenn and Brad rushes to her aid. The ending scene is her eyes staring into space and finally resting from all the horror that has unfolded in the backcountry.