Thursday, 30 August 2012

Review: Art of Survival (2012)

First I´d like to thank Joey Evans for reaching out to, asking me if I´d be interested and then providing a DVD-screener.
James (Shane Land) and Wild Bill (Justin Armstrong), two self proclaimed survival experts and stars of their own reality TV show, explore and demonstrate survival techniques in the Black Fork Wilderness area in a remote corner of Oklahoma. Two young women from Tulsa, huge fans of the show, arrive and watch as the two survivalists shoot a segment. Later that day the camera crew leaves and a night of wild debauchery ensues. The next morning they find they are being hunted by the ultimate predator...a lunatic redneck (Terry Spector) from Arkansas. A real life survival scenario unfolds as they fight to stay alive. Art of Survival is written and directed by Joey Evans. The acting is pretty good, I like the fact that many of the survival tricks and so on seem genuine. The camerawork and editing is pretty good. The setting is used to full effect. The soundtrack is good. There are some nice and atmospheric scenes. Terry Spector is a major contributing factor to help to create a some nice atmospheric moments, his character is intimidating, quite frightening and not someone you´d like to run into while hiking in the forest. It´s violent but there is only very brief gore in this, it´s practical make-up fx and it looks decent. Most of the potentially gory stuff occur off screen which is a bit of a downer in my opinion. There is plenty of T & A in this and there is prolonged sex scene that streches the boundries for soft core sex.
This review is based upon a DVD-screener provided by the director.
Rating: 6 out of 7. I enjoyed this, I love backwoods survival flicks and Art of Survival is a nice addition to the genre. I just wish it would have been more graphic.


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