Satire lacks bite but kills get cre­ative

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The satire doesn’t bite quite as hard as it should in this bloody thriller.

The set-up – 12 strangers wak­ing up in a field to dis­cover they are be­ing hunted – has been done be­fore in the likes of Bat­tle Royale and The Hunger Games.

Thank­fully, there are some cre­ative kills and a few sur­prises up helmer Craig Zo­bel and writers Nick Cuse and Da­mon Lin­de­lof’s sleeves.

There’s a sprin­kling of black comedy among the car­nage which adds to the over-the-top tone.

Betty Gilpin im­presses in a very phys­i­cal role and it’s nice to see Hi­lary Swank play­ing against type.

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