Calibre (2018)

Director: Matt Palmer |
With: Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran |
Pandemic Movie Index (out of a possible 5): 🦠🦠🦠🦠1/2

Two young men from Edinburgh, who haven’t seen each other in a while, go for a weekend hunting trip in the Scottish Highlands.

What could possibly go wrong, right?


Without giving away too much, here is what you can expect from this film: from the moment a shot is fired, an ugly ball of anxiety will settle in your gut. 

And from there, it will fester and grow, with every decision, turn, move and plot twist in this film, until it becomes unbearable and you’ll be forced to pause the movie to catch your breath, go for a walk, get a beer or vacuum the carpet or something.

On the cinematographic scale of tension, this film lies somewhere between Deliverance and Hitchcock. Because in true Hitchcockian fashion, two ordinary guys are plunged into extraordinary circumstances, and share a secret that the audience is in on. And taking a page from the Deliverance playbook, by the end of this walk into the Scottish woods, you’ll be sweaty and exhausted (though granted, for completely different reasons).

With realistic performances and a perfectly credible small-town vibe that projects just the right amount of charm and hostility, this film is absolutely enthralling and believable, from start to finish. 

And in retrospect, it’s precisely what makes it so agonizing to watch: it’s all too real. 

And just too good. 

Thanks to Maria-Sue for recommending this film. Keep them coming!