Killing Ground is Austrian horror thriller that make you think twice about going camping with your family.
The Review (Spoiler Free)
Killing Ground has very simple story. A couples’ romantic camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime. Sam played by Harriet Dyer, and Ian, a doctor played by Ian Meadows went camping at a remote camping ground for a romantic weekend getaway. When they came across an abandoned campsite with no trace of its occupants, they were concerned.
As they search for the lost campers, we get to see what really happened to them in parallel time line. We also see bit of back story of two villains from the beginning of the movie. The parallel story telling is well done and it makes the movie more engaging.
Killing Ground starts slow in the beginning, but it sets up for the final intense climax at the end. It will put you in edge of your seat until the end.
But be aware, the movie does have very intense and graphic rape scene and baby violence. If this bothers you, this movie isn’t for you.
The acting are top notch by all of the casts. I especially liked Ian character played by Ian Meadows who goes through internal battle as he tries to save his girlfriend.
Lastly the ending, I won’t go into any detail but I am satisfied with how they end the movie.
Spoiler Ending (Spoiler Alert!)
Killing Ground is really about relationship between Sam and Ian. Sam and Ian just got engaged but it quickly put to the test. When Sam is kidnapped by the vicious villains, Ian is put in a situation where he has choose to either risk his life to save his finance or save himself. He ended up saving himself.
It is frustrating to see that he had ample opportunities to save his finance but he panicked. To make things easier for him, one of the villain even shot and killed other villain by accident. All he had to do is just take the gun from the dead villain and go after the villain who kidnapped Sam. But instead he decided to run and get the police which took all day. When he came back to the camp ground, it was already dark and Sam could have been raped and killed by the villain. Ian knew the risk but he took the safe way- go get the police.
Fortunately, Sam ran away from the villain and survived. Final ending of the movie is when Sam and face to face with Ian at the hospital There she had realized what he had done. She realized Ian isn’t the man she thought he was. Now she had to decide to stay with him or leave him.
But at the end, the real hero of the movie is the baby. He is a fighter. With all the abused he took, he refused to die. At the end, the baby is thrown on the ground by one of the villain. We assumed that the baby had died. But we found out later in the movie that the baby had survived. At the end, we see the dog owned by one of the dead the villain came to the rescue. The dog sat next to the baby and protected him. We don’t know what happened to the baby after that but we like to believe that he eventually gets rescued and survived. Just think about it. Why would the director put that scene at the movie.
Killing Ground starts slow but it finish with big bang. It is very intense and violent thriller. I give 4 out of 5 stars.
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