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High Lane (Version française) [Import]

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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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High Lane (original title: Vertige) tries to pack the action and thrills of two different horror films into one. The first half of the film is a true winner, especially effective for those of us with a deathly fear of heights; the second half isn't bad, either, with its liberal dose of gore and a splash or two of victims behaving badly, but it's definitely a step down from all that has come before. The real bad guy of the film is rather generic and boring, but the film makes up for this somewhat by the villainy that sometimes emerges from characters we are supposed to be rooting for -- and I think that's a nice touch indeed. Just when you start thinking a certain character isn't a complete douche after all, he proves you wrong.

So, five friends decide to do some rock climbing and aerial sightseeing in the Croatian mountains. Actually, it's two couples plus a former boyfriend of one of the girls (who somehow managed to invite himself along for the trip). The presence of her ex Guillaume doesn't seem to bother Chloe (Fanny Valette) too much, but current boyfriend Loic clearly isn't happy about it at all. Heck, Chloe's the only reason he's here to risk his life climbing mountains to begin with, and now this ex-boyfriend shows up and puts him to shame in every way possible (heck, Loic even makes me look like a manly man). Now, Fred and Karine (Maud Wyler) are all about the adventure. Given the fact that they are French, they are incredibly brave. While most people with half a brain would turn back when they see that the trail is closed, Fred talks everyone into climbing a sheer rock face and doing what they came to do. It turns out that the trail was closed for a reason, so the group has quite an adventure on their hands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hang on! Nov. 29 2011
Format:DVD
Very exciting film-- much like The Descent, the first part of the film deals with (instead of underground, claustrophobic spaces) rock-climbing, vertigo, high and very scary situations. Then, suddenly, it transforms into a bloody thriller with the remaining cast members running for their lives.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Lane March 7 2011
By Dan & Gina - Published on Amazon.com
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"High Lane" was directed by Abel Ferry and stars Fanny Valette (Chloé), Johan Libéreau (Loïc), Raphaël Lenglet (Guillaume), Nicolas Giraud (Fred), and Maud Wyler (Karine) as a group of friends (two couples and a fifth wheel) who decide to go mountain climbing on a mountain closed for repairs and end up getting hunted by a deranged killer.

The climbers see that the pass is closed but go anyway, a classic beginning to a nature horror movie where nature enthusiasts bite off more than they can chew. It seems like it will be easy going since this mountain is equipped for safe climbing complete with ladder rungs wedged deep into the mountain and steel safety cords to hook onto. Everyone is wearing safety harnesses with double lanyard hooks so this should be simple, right?

The first setback besides the pass being closed is that Loïc clearly has a fear of heights combined with vertigo that he is attempting to hide from the group to keep his pride intact in front of his girlfriend, Chloé's ex, Guilliaume who is still in love with her. The action begins fast and one accident after another occurs until it becomes clear these are not just accidents and someone is out to get these hikers.

I already have a pretty established fear of heights so watching even the "fun" portions of their trip was enough to tie my stomach in knots. The movie gets more intense as every worse case scenario begins to enfold on them. The tension between the ex-boyfriend and the new boyfriend is heated up by the stress of trying to find a way out despite losing group members. It is a shorter film, only one hour and twenty minutes so there is no wasted screen time dwelling on talking about feelings or back story when the situation is so much more dire than that. This is a terrifying movie that tensed me up considerably throughout!!

Bonus Features:

A trailer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ascent Feb. 13 2011
By Dayna Newman/Slasher Diva - Published on Amazon.com
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The Scenery in High Lane is beautiful and the camera angles are cleverly shot.
It does for Acrophobia what The Descent did for Claustrophobia. It takes that fear and runs with it making the film interesting and scary before we are ever introduced to the unforeseen terror in the form of a crazed disfigured mountain freak.

When we as a viewer go into the psycho's Lair it is very poorly lit and hard to make out some of the things that are happening,I was able to see enough to figure out what was up but I wanted to see more.What I could make out were hanging lamps made out of human heads,lots of body parts and somewhere you wouldn't want to visit. The effects were well done and not over the top but enough to satisfy us Slasher lovers appetite for carnage.

Just as in the Descent in the beginning of their adventure they show a group photo being taken and at the end of the film they show the same photo of everyone, arms around each others shoulders looking carefree and happy.That to me was a direct rip off,this is in no way a spoiler.
There is some jealous boyfriend and Ex boyfriend drama that weaves it's way into the plot and I found it to be useful in creating more tension and extreme circumstances.

There is no explanation given for the origin of the villain But instead focus on flashbacks of an experience that happened to one of the main characters "Fanny Valette" who is a nurse .I suppose it was suppose to be the big "OH I GET IT" moment" when all is revealed, but it was much ado about little, in my opinion.There are some very good fight for survival scenes and power struggles .I really wanted to love this movie because crazed wilderness freaks are one of my favorite Slasher sub genres,ala,Wrong Turn,The Hills Have eyes,Just Before Dawn etc.I give it 3 and 1/2 stars..
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller! March 12 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie was great! In short, a group of kids go mountain climbing/hiking in the Balkans. Along the way, they, not surprisingly, get hunted, and the story revolves around how well they either evade capture or deal with their adversary (trying to avoid spoiler). Again, it was great. First of all, the camera work of the beginning 1/2 of the film as they hike/mountain climb was outstanding. I'm sure there was a lot of computer graphics, but it never felt that way. Its conceivable they actually did the stunts themselves. Either way, the shots are great, and the tension as they do challenging moves it outstanding. For fans of mountain climbing and advanced hiking, these scenes alone are worth the ride. Then we get to the adversarial part. While this movie is a French analogue of the all too repeated West Virginia mutant gone bad story, it doesn't feel formulaic or tired. Perhaps there isn't that much new in this story compared to the genre of deep woods hikers meets crazy killer, but it feels fresh. Hard to articulate why, but it was really enjoyable. Please understand the film is in french and subtitled with English. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected Sept. 16 2012
By doggroomer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I'm not a fan of the title "High Lane". It really doesn't reflect the film, which is better than your average cliched "young people go off in nature and bad things happen". It makes me think of "highway" and this film is mountains.

It's a nicely paced tense action-horror-thriller. The five main characters did well with their standard roles that they had. Some of it is surprisingly bloody and gory, and the ending, while somewhat expected, had a nice irony to it.

It is very similar to "The Descent", as another reviewer pointed out, which is one of my favorite films. "High Lane" is worth your time, I've seen way worse. Good effort.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First half-hour is worth it, forget the rest. Feb. 15 2012
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
<strong>Vertige</strong> (Abel Ferry, 2009)

The first thirty minutes of <em>Vertige</em>, released in America as <em>High Lane</em>, are by far the movie's best and scariest. At that point, this is a very simple man vs. nature plot, in which Fred (<em>Taken</em>'s Nicolas Giraud), a climber who also seems to be one of those go-go-go self-help gurus, and his girlfriend Karine (<em>Low Life</em>'s Maud Wyler) take a trio of others for a climb on what, Fred tells us enthusiastically, is the highest, longest (read: most grueling) climb in Europe. We're told it's somewhere in Croatia, though I can't remember where for the life of me (it has been noted on the IMDB discussion boards that it is, in fact, an agglomeration of at least two different climb sites). You know this is going to go wrong when they see a sign saying in no uncertain terms the site is closed for repairs and Fred ignores it. Just to add to the doomy feeling is the fact that our other trio is all full of scary baggage: Karine's friend Chloe (<em>La Petite Jerusalem</em>'s Fanny Valette) is a doctor who just had something nasty happen to her at work, though what it was is only gradually revealed throughout the film. Along with her is old boyfriend Guillaume (<em>Les Bleus</em>' Raphael Lenglet), pretty much the epitome of the ruggedly-handsome athletic type, and geeky new boyfriend Loic (<em>Cold Showers</em>' Johan Libereau), who's pretty much the opposite. This is a movie that, given that premise, needs not one more thing other than good acting and a competent director to make it gripping.And for those first thirty minutes, that's exactly what you get, as Loic overestimates his endurance (and underestimates his fear of heights), the group encounter increasingly dangerous situations while thousands of feet in the air, and things in general spiral out of control.

Then you hit the half-hour mark, and the movie becomes, in essence, <em>The Ascent</em> with a strong flavor of <em>Deliverance</em>. At which point you know pretty much everything that's going to happen and stop caring about any of it. Okay, you probably can't predict some of the more idiotic character choices, but, you know.

Okay, maybe it's not that bad. (Yes, it is, but I'll play devil's advocate for a minute.) You've seen <em>The Descent</em>, you've seen <em>Wrong Turn</em>, you've seen <em>The Hills Have Eyes</em> (hopefully the original and not the hideous remake), you've seen <em>Deliverance</em>, you've seen a dozen or two other films like this, and if you've been following my reviews for at least a few years you've hopefully seen a smattering of really, really good French horror flicks while avoiding their bad ones. And then you come to <em>Vertige</em> and... well, I won't blame you if you actually do watch it, because that first half-hour is something else. But once you get to the point where the movie turns from man vs. nature thriller into dumb slasher flick, you'll start wondering, since you've seen all those other movies, why you're watching this, which is as cavalier in its borrowing from other movies as it is in its blending of climb sites. This is nothing new under the sun, Jack. **
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