After just two weeks of knowing one another, Tom (Iain De Caestecker, TV’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) asks Lucy (Alice Englert, Beautiful Creatures) to a fest in Ireland, but makes plans for nookie one night early by booking a room at a romantic hotel in the country. Driving to their destination, they get lost, failing to realize they’ve been set up on a circular path like a dog chasing its tail because a piece of bacon cruelly has been tied to it.
Following a few uneasy bumps in the night, Tom and Lucy come across a wounded man who requests their help. He’s played by Allen Leech, aka Tom Branson of TV’s Downton Abbey, and if you can’t guess how he fits into the story, I’d like to welcome you to the medium we call movies — enjoy! Lady Sybil sure wouldn’t.
But will you? Stripped to the basics, In Fear represents a calling card for Jeremy Lovering, director of Sherlock‘s season-three opener. It’s a reminder that one can do a lot with very little … to a point. Not long after Leech appears on the scene, it’s apparent that plot exhaustion slowly has set, through no fault of the actors. When one of them screams, “Just finish your fucking game!,” it’s tough not to nod in agreement.
Still, there is no denying the film is beautifully shot, even when Lovering’s camera captures something brutal. Plus, it has mud wrestling, one truly twisted method of dispatch and a terrific final shot … that the disc’s sole extra feels the need to give away right away. —Rod Lott
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