Satire lacks bite but kills get creative
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.