(2020) (Rian Gordon, Samuel Bottomley) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Black Comedy: Four teenagers come to realize that their attitude adjustment based camping program is really a cover for rich elitists who want to hunt and kill them.
For years, the Duke of Edinburgh Camping Expedition has served as a multi-day event in the Scottish Highlands to tame juvenile delinquents through camping related activities. Dropped off by substitute outdoor education teacher Mr. Carlyle (JONATHAN ARIS), teenage friends Dean Gibson (RIAN GORDON), Duncan MacDonald (LEWIS GRIBBEN) and William DeBeauvoir, who fancies himself as the rapper DJ Beatroot (VIRAJ JUNEJA), are the latest to be put through the program.
The odd man out, though, is fellow teen Ian Harris (SAMUEL BOTTOMLEY), a home-schooled kid whose parents think will benefit from the team-building camaraderie where the boys will be left to their own devices to make their way across the Highlands sans, of course, without any help from their smartphones.
Little do they know -- but they quickly learn -- that they've been dropped into a Most Dangerous Game type situation where rich elitists are intent on hunting them down and killing them. That arrives in the form of the half-masked The Duke (EDDIE IZZARD) and The Duchess (GEORGIE GLEN) who look at such juvenile delinquents as vermin that need to be culled from the herd.
Unaware of that, local police officers Sgt. Morag (KATE DICKIE) and PC Hamish (KEVIN GUTHRIE) come to believe -- through a series of misunderstandings including the presence of hallucinogenic rabbit droppings -- that a notorious bread thief is the least of their problems and that they're dealing with terrorists in their midst.
As they try to find those people that don't exist, the teenage boys do their best to avoid the killers, and eventually decide to turn the tables on them.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- The black comedy angle might prove enticing for some teenagers who find this on Amazon Prime Video.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For drug content, language throughout including sexual references, and some violence/bloody images.
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