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Reviewed by: Jennie Kermode

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From 2010’s The Dead and its sequel to 2015’s Never Let Go , Howard J Ford has formed a habit of cracking out intense, highly distinctive thrillers featuring terrific stunt work, and The Ledge will not disappoint his fans. It begins with a simple but powerful premise. Kelly (Brittany Ashworth) is on a climbing holiday with her friend Sophie (Anaïs Parello) when they meet a group of young men. Kelly is tired and goes to bed early, but Sophie wants to stay up drinking with them. When things get out of hand and Sophie is killed, Kelly, who decided to go looking for her, captures the act on her camera, but is seen doing so. There’s no way she can outpace four guys, all taller than her, on the ground, so the only thing she can go is to grab her climbing gear and go up.

What follows is a chase, but Ford knows better than to make it linear. With alternative routes around the mountain (supposed to be part of the Italian Dolomites, actually shot in Serbia) things quickly become more complicated. Kelly’s pursuers have more gear than she does. She has barely any supplies, and no warm clothing. But she’s a better climber than they are, and it’s apparent very early on that she has a formidable will to survive. There are mind games involved as the group’s self-appointed leader Joshua (Ben Lamb) tries to persuade her that all he wants is the camera, but ultimately, the biggest test is not the threat posed by her pursuers: it’s the mountain itself.

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Reviews of this film have been mixed, so it’s worth saying that it’s not Ford’s strongest work from a dramatic perspective. Although men like Joshua certainly exist, they don’t usually spell it out as clearly, and this risks making him look a bit cartoonish; more so because the supporting characters are a bit underdeveloped. There’s also a backstory for Kelly, played out in flashbacks, which feels like TV movie stuff and doesn’t really add anything to the story. We know who she is because Ashworth shows us; we don’t need ad additional layer of sentiment. This is of limited importance, however, given that the real hook is the action. How this impacts you as a viewer may well depend on how familiar you are with climbing.

The various accidents which befall these characters on the mountain are scary enough at a dramatic level. Take a step back from that and you’ll realise that you’re watching people do a lot of it for real, often in ways which involve still more serious peril, even if they’re not as high up. They may not all be on top form as actors (though Ashworth certainly is), but they are all highly skilled, and some of this stuff is truly nerve-racking. There is one moment, near the end, where we don’t get to watch as a key part of the climb is completed, and one suspect that that’s because only a handful of climbers are capable of it, and none of them could be dressed to look the part. Nonetheless, there’s some impressive work on display and real courage has gone into making this.

There’s also some technically impressive work on display here. Shots which might not seem remarkable at ground level are much trickier to pull off at height, and that late stage climb aside Ford makes sure we always know what characters are doing at key moments. Stunning views across the rock face and adjacent valley are balanced by tight close-ups as tired fingers seek the next crevice. We see the effort involved in the climb, both physical and mental.

Climbing is rarely done at speed. It takes patience. If you’re willing to be patient with this film, and to engage with it as a climber must engage with the rock, you’ll find its magic.

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Director: Howard J Ford

Writer: Tom Boyle

Starring: Brittany Ashworth, Ben Lamb, Nathan Welsh

Runtime: 86 minutes

Country: UK

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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Parents need to know that The Ledge is a thriller in which a woman on a climbing expedition witnesses her friend's murder at the hands of four men, and must escape their pursuit by climbing the mountain. The catalyst for the action is an attempted rape by the lead villain. The woman is punched in the head and…

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Positive role models.

Lead villain engages in, among other things, attempted rape, actual murder of his friends and of a woman who spurns his sexual assaults, and sexist and homophobic comments throughout.

Diverse Representations

Lead character is a strong woman who must survive the challenge of climbing up a mountain cliff while trying to elude four men who intend to kill her.

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Violence & Scariness

An attempted rape leads to the death of a woman who falls off a cliff after being punched. Before that, aggressive sexual harassment -- verbal and physical. The man who commits the attempted rape and then murder, with the help of his three male friends, tries to cover up the crime, going so far as to try to kill the woman's best friend, who filmed the killing with her camera. Character stabbed in head and thrown off a cliff. Character set on fire and thrown off a cliff. A character falls off a mountain from a high enough distance to break their leg -- broken bone shown poking out of skin -- and it's presumed that they were killed while recuperating in the cabin. Talk of a murder committed by the villains in the past, and how they covered it up and got away with it. Fighting with punches and kicks, face smashed into rock. The villain urinates on a woman's portaledge.

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Lead villain mocks his supposed best friend by telling him how he has been having an affair with his girlfriend for the past year, and talks about how good she is at performing oral sex. While getting to know each other, two women and four men discuss oral sex.

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Strong profanity throughout, homophobic slurs, a racial slur. Lead villain makes frequent verbal threats of violence against a woman. "F--k" often used. Also "c--k," "a--holes," "p---y," "s--t," "d--ks," "son of a bitch," "pr--k," "crap."

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Parents need to know that The Ledge is a thriller in which a woman on a climbing expedition witnesses her friend's murder at the hands of four men, and must escape their pursuit by climbing the mountain. The catalyst for the action is an attempted rape by the lead villain. The woman is punched in the head and falls off of a cliff, and then the villain forces his three friends to help kill her by smashing her head with a large rock. Characters are stabbed in the head, set on fire, thrown off cliffs. Graphic injuries include a broken leg poking through skin. The villain makes verbal threats against the lead character, urinates on her portaledge, brags about having sexual relations with his best friend's girlfriend, and makes homophobic slurs. There's discussion of oral sex and strong language throughout, including "f--k." The movie also has marijuana smoking, booze drinking, and an injured character given an excess of painkillers chased with whiskey. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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A great little thriller

What's the story.

In THE LEDGE, Sophie (Anaïs Parello) and Kelly (Brittany Ashworth) are in a cabin in Italy the evening before a climbing expedition to commemorate the climbing death of Kelly's fiance. Their plans for a relaxing night are derailed when four men on vacation from the United States arrive at the cabin next door. Soon, one of the men, Josh ( Ben Lamb ), invites Sophie and Kelly to party with his friends Zack, Taylor, and Reynolds. Sophie agrees, even as Kelly is hesitant to stay up too late the night before a big climb. That night, the two women and four men sit in front of a campfire, drinking and smoking weed, when Josh begins to engage in overly aggressive verbal and physical behavior toward Sophie. Sophie stands up for herself, then takes a brief walk into the woods to step away from the scene, only to be followed by Josh, who attempts to rape her. While fending him off, Josh punches her, causing her to fall down the cliff. Josh's friends watch in horror at first, but then help to kill her with a rock so that Josh isn't charged and sentenced for his crimes. Kelly has her video camera, approaches the scene, and begins filming the actions. She's soon discovered by the men and then chased through the woods. Soon, Kelly reaches the rock face of the mountain and begins climbing. Josh and his friends are determined to catch her and destroy the camera at any cost. Kelly must find a way not to fall off the mountain, fight back against her pursuers, and keep the camera in her possession.

Is It Any Good?

A potentially interesting premise is ruined by clichés, overacting, and terrible dialogue. The Ledge grows stale within the first 20 minutes, and any suspension of disbelief is pretty much exhausted within the first 15. Sometimes over-the-top villains are entertaining, but in this instance, Josh is so annoying and dumb that one can't help but wonder why these three friends would meet up with him halfway around the world from their homes, no matter what past history they shared. The acting is so hammy and the dialogue so unbelievably bad that the movie's ending is satisfying only because the audience no longer has to endure the redundant ways in which this guy is a villain.

While there could have been something compelling about a woman climbing a mountain to fend off a raping murderer and the dimwit friends that enable his abhorrent behavior, even this struggle for survival gets mangled in a side story involving her ex-boyfriend who was almost her fiancé if he hadn't died on that very same mountain one year before. This almost-fiancé appears in flashbacks with reverb-heavy voice-overs (think Yoda or Obi-Wan's voice-overs in the Star Wars franchise), advising Kelly on what to do to survive. It seems like a no-brainer to have the female best friend who was murdered by Josh and his cronies instead of the proverbial "male savior" in these flashbacks, but she seems to exist only as a catalyst to get the story to the second act. The result is a gross blend of excessive violence, bad dialogue, and a premise that barely makes it to the finish line, even with the questionable backstories of these characters.

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Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming : April 19, 2022
  • Cast : Brittany Ashworth , Ben Lamb , Nathan Welsh
  • Director : Howard J. Ford
  • Studio : Saban Films
  • Genre : Thriller
  • Run time : 86 minutes
  • MPAA rating : R
  • MPAA explanation : Strong violence, crude sexual references, language and some drug use.
  • Last updated : October 8, 2022

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THE LEDGE (2022)

the ledge movie review 2022

THE LEDGE (2022) Directed by Howard J. Ford Available on Digital from 14th March 2022 and DVD 21st March 2022 

After witnessing a group of men committing a crime, a young woman finds herself trapped high upon the cliff-face of a mountain in a fight for survival.

Howard J. Ford, the director of The Dead , returns with this adrenaline-pumping survival thriller that will have mountain climbers rubbing their hands with glee and rest of us glad we’re sat on the couch in the safety of our own home.

THE LEDGE starts off in a typical way you’d expect from a horror when sleazeball Joshua tries to make moves on Sophie, one of the two young women staying at the log cabins situated within hiking distance to the mountains they intend to climb. When Sophie’s not too keen on his forceful advances, the egomaniac tries to force himself on her which results in his friends intervening. Frightened for her life, Sophie makes a run for it but matters come to a head when Joshua and co. finally get their hands on her, with disastrous consequences. Awoken from her sleep, Sophie’s friend Kelly walks into the woods to find out exactly what’s going on and makes a horrifying discovery which she records on her camcorder. Aware they’ve been spotted, the group of men hunt Kelly down, determined to get the incriminating footage off her. Knowing that herself and Sophie were the only ones skilled enough to climb the face of the mountain, Kelly makes her way to free-climb the mountain but Joshua and his friends are in hot pursuit.

When we first meet the female leads, the character of Kelly (played brilliantly by Brittany Ashworth) comes off as the quieter of the two. Discovering her backstory, we can see why she didn’t fancy socialising too much to begin with. Though it appears as best friend Sophie is the headstrong one, Kelly shows she’s full of grit and determination as she risks her life to get justice for Sophie who suffers at the hands of Joshua and the three guys. Not only must she escape the clutches of the four men on her tail, she must also avoid falling to a grisly death once she starts to scale the perilous mountain face. As she loses equipment along the way and has very little in the means of clothing or nutrition, having grabbed her gear in a hurry, braving the elements is just as much as a threat to her survival as the cliff and the guys are. As the risks mount, it’s nerve-wracking to watch however you also get the feeling that, no matter what happens, she’ll be okay. The way she moves on the wall, even the slight stumbles, never really give the impression that she’s going to make a grave error and, believe me, there’s loads of times the poor lass could have fallen to a grisly death.

The group of guys also holidaying in the resort, with plans to take the more gentler climb, are led by misogynistic creep, Joshua. As soon as he opens his mouth, it’s clear to see he’s bad news. Whilst his friends don’t seem to share his way of thinking, they do very little to go against him with only Reynolds showing any real concern. Much like the backstory of Kelly, we learn more about why the friends are so compliant but it doesn’t affect the storyline much as they continue to hunt down Kelly when things go awry.

THE LEDGE is pretty intense at times, purely from the predicament the characters find themselves, but the pantomime villain-esque performance of Joshua and the extreme luck that Kelly possesses snap you out of the moment and remind you that it’s just a fictitious story you’re watching. Nevertheless, it feels balanced in terms of maintaining the threat-level of the guys pursuing Kelly with that of mother nature working against her, whilst Kelly tries to gain small advantages where she can.

Showcasing some impressive aerial and scenic shots combined with the thrilling appeal and danger of mountain climbing, an action-packed angle that only serves to intensify the situation Kelly finds herself in, THE LEDGE is a refreshing take on the horror thriller genre.

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New Film Alert: The Ledge is a Modern Cliffhanger—But With a Female Lead

In the new climbing thriller, the ledge, lead actress brittany ashworth must out-climb a group of murderers to the summit. eventually, they’re at a standoff between two ledges. .

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“He’s not going to let her off this mountain alive,” says actor Nathan Welsh in Paramount’s new movie, The Ledge . 

The Ledge centers around a fictitious version of Monte Antelao—the highest mountain in the Dolomites, in northeastern Italy. The plot follows the classic into-the-woods horror genre: two girls get to know a group of guys over a campfire. One of the guys turns out to be a murderer. Sophie (played by Anaïs Parello), is brutally killed after being chased through the woods. Kelly, who had gone to bed, awakens to shouts. She scrambles out of bed, searches the area, and arrives at the scene just in time to see the gore. For the men, there’s one major hiccup: Kelly caught the whole thing on camera. A pursuit ensues, out of the woods and up the face of Monte Antelao.

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Kelly, played by Brittany Ashworth, must out-climb the men to the summit. Yep, she’s soloing! But the men, who have gear, take an adjacent, easier route. After beating her to the main ledge, Kelly becomes trapped 20 feet below them—unable to continue or downclimb. Luckily for her, there’s also an abandoned portaledge right there for her disposal, alongside a ledge just big enough to crouch on. (O.K., so why is there a portaledge right below a massive real ledge? Great question, but just go with it!)

The Ledge is a great film until you start to nitpick. Aside from all-too-convenient big-wall gear, if you watch closely, you’ll notice that the same sloper miraculously appears at three different locations on the route. Or that, when Kelly first starts ascending the climb, she’s in her hiking shoes, then randomly in one climbing shoe, then back again. There’s some super safe hand-over-hand belaying, interesting lowering techniques, almost zero clipping into safety points, even when gear is on hand, and so on. 

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Still, of the climbing thrillers out there, it’s not so bad. In fact, props to Ashworth for using good technique. “I’m based in London,” she told Climbing over the phone. “There’s a whole bunch of great climbing walls here. Climbing is kind of one of the things that first drew me to the film.”

Ashworth said her brother and friends are climbers. In addition to visiting local gyms, she’d gone on trips to local crags, such as Harrison’s Rocks, and not so local crags—including a mountaineering trip to Chamonix. 

Her climbing experience shows. Ashworth did an excellent job of using her toes, keeping her arms straight, leaning into the wall to rest (even if some stances, when the camera zooms back out, are totally improbable). And the character she portrays is just dang brave, which is awesome.

Another thing the film got right, albeit a basic one, is the climbing advice, offered up by Kelly’s late fiancé. “Climb with your mind not your muscles,” he says, which is a nice nod to climbing’s technical aspects, and one that’s often overlooked by Hollywood filmmakers.

All told, only one pitch of real rock was shot, and the rest of the featured climb was filmed on set. The bulk of the film takes place between the two ledges, with the killers on a large platform, and Ashworth crouched on a narrower one beside the portaledge (think Half Dome’s Thank God Ledge). The dizzying shots, the flying murder weapons, and the fight over the camera makes for some thrilling action.

There’s some solid gym shots throughout the film as well, as Kelly remembers getting into climbing and learning the sport from her late fiancé. His death, you’ll learn, is what led Kelly to Monte Antelao. The indoor shots were taken at a new gym in Belgrade, Serbia, Sektor44. “We spent quite a lot of time there working that dyno move for the ending,” said Ashworth.

Igor Milosavljevic, a coach at the gym, helped advise some of the climbing scenes and to train staff, including Ashworth. “When Igor was there, he’d say stuff like, ‘You just need to move your hips like this,’ and suddenly it would be really easy. 

“You can come at [a climbing move] like ‘why can’t I reach it, why can’t I do that move?’ But actually it’s much more cerebral than that,” said Ashworth. “It’s so technical. And there’s loads of technique that he taught me.”

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The Ledge was filmed mid-pandemic, which created a few unique challenges. Crew members had to quarantine after traveling. “And it was an independent movie with a very ambitious set of stunts and storyline,” said Ashworth. Later, she added, “Knowing that the climbing community might watch it felt like quite a big responsibility.”

Speaking which, I’d be remiss not to offer up this warning: There is one incredibly graphic shot. It hits close to home, because it’s an injury I’ve seen before at a climbing gym. When Kelly initially begins her ascent up the climb, one of the men follows closely behind. He catches up, and (spoiler alert!) she’s able to shake him off by stepping on his hand. He plummets to the ground, breaking his leg upon impact. It’s a compound fracture, and the film doesn’t leave any bloody detail to the imagination. Truthfully, I had to close my eyes.

All told, The Ledge is a great climbing feature. Given the fight for the camera, it’s a modern, less grandiose version of Cliffhanger , but with a female lead. 

“To get to play a character like Kelly was just a dream, really,” said Ashworth. “I think I learned quite a lot about myself. About how far you can push yourself. And about how much of what you can achieve is limited by fear and your own sense of what your limits are. And that actually what you can do is much farther than that.”

The Ledge will be in theaters, in digital and on demand tomorrow, February 18.

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The Ledge (2022) – Film Review

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Director: Howard J Ford Cast: Brittany Ashworth, Ben Lamb, Nathan Welsh Certificate: 15

By Roger Crow

A few years ago I had a great set-based chat with Ben Lamb. Smart, amiable, charismatic. In short, movie star material.

The film was a locally shot horror which five or six years later is still awaiting release.

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“Murderous”

He plays an utterly obnoxious frat pack-style American psychopath in a movie best described as a mash-up of Cliffhanger , The Descent and Deliverance .

The premise: having retired to bed early to prepare for a dawn mountain ascent, Kelly (Brittany Ashworth) is woken by the screams of her friend Sophie. She had stayed up with a group of men they met earlier; guys who instantly wound me up, which was some indication of what was to follow.

Desperate to get to her friend, Kelly runs deep into the forest using her action camera to guide the way.

She arrives just in time to see Sophie’s lifeless body being thrown over a ledge, a horror she captures on memory card.

Terrified, Kelly embarks on a free-climbing chase up a freezing mountain, pursued by the group of murderous men after the evidence.

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“A good job”

It’s a simple premise, and many of the action scenes are pretty good, even if Lamb’s horrendous alpha villain is a misogynistic nutcase with a limited range of threats. “I’m through being nice!” he yells a few times, when he obviously hasn’t been.

Director Howard J. Ford does a good job with the action scenes, even if Tom Boyle’s script could have done with more polish.

Best thing is to turn the sound off, and it’s far more ‘enjoyable’. If green stick fractures and people getting their heads bashed in with rocks can be described as enjoyable.

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Review: The Ledge (2022)

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In new thriller, The Ledge , two friends, Sophie and Kelly head to the Dolomite Mountains in Italy, to enjoy a few days climbing and having fun. Shortly after they arrive and check into their cabin, they meet a group of guys who are also preparing for a climb up the mountains.

That evening, Sophie and Kelly share a drink with the guys, while sat around a campfire. But after Kelly leaves to return to her cabin, Josh, the leader of the group, turns violent and tries to rape Sophie.

Sophie manages to get away from Josh, but a chase ensues. After catching up with Sophie, Josh brutally murders her by smashing her skull in with a rock.

Hearing some commotion, Kelly leaves her cabin and stumbles across the violent aftermath. She then records the moment that Josh and the group throw Sophie’s body over a cliff, but lets out an audible gasp, drawing their attention in the process.

Fleeing the scene, Kelly grabs her climbing gear and heads up the mountain to escape. But with her pursuers close behind, it looks increasingly like Kelly will be the next victim if she can’t climb her way out of the situation.

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Directed by Howard J. Ford, The Ledge stars Anaïs Parello, Brittany Ashworth, and Ben Lamb. The movie is a dark thriller, which is new to Netflix UK this week, and is a somewhat brutal, but brainless affair, best reserved for those who have nothing better to watch.

And I really mean ‘nothing better to watch’. Nothing at all.

If you’re looking for a dash of darkness with your thrillers, then you will find it in The Ledge ; but if you want something with good performances, a great script, and even an ounce of originality, look elsewhere. This is a fairly dire film, which plays like a poor television movie, and drags despite its relatively short running time (less than 90-minutes).

The Ledge takes a simple premise, does nothing with it, and expects audiences not to lose interest after the first ten minutes. Unfortunately, there’s very little chance of anyone remaining fully engaged with this picture, as the acting in the film is so woeful, it is enough to make even the most patient person switch off.

And when I say ‘switch off’, I’m not just referring to the television set, I’m referring to the mind too. As soon as the actors begin speaking, don’t be surprised if your brain hurls itself out of your head and runs for the hills.  

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I’m not going to single out any particular actor here, I’ll simply say that no one amongst the cast comes out of this thing in a positive light. Everyone is very, very bad.

Although, to be fair, because the cast are asked to read out such dire dialogue, they can’t be entirely blamed for the performances they give. This whole movie is one big cliché, so as far as the cast are concerned, they are just going through the motions regardless.

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If there is one saving grace in The Ledge (and believe me, I’ve searched hard to find it), it lies in the climbing scenes. Those who are interested in climbing, may get some (very) brief enjoyment out of seeing the characters traverse a cliff-face.

But if you are a climbing fan, and you are looking for a way to see your favourite activity replicated on screen, there are much better movies you could be watching, such as the 1993 action film, Cliffhanger . Jeez, even the Chris O’Donnell survival thriller, Vertical Limit (2000) is an improvement on this rubbish, so maybe seek out one of these films instead.

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The best way to sum up The Ledge can be seen around the 49-minute mark, when the character of Josh relieves himself on a tent. This brief sequence, in which he wees on screen, perfectly captures what this movie is: A trickle of piss.

Should you watch it? No. No, you should not. You only have so many hours in your lifetime to live, so don’t waste any of them on this garbage.

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The Ledge – Film Review

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The story follows two young women, Kelly (Brittany Ashworth) and Sophie (Anaïs Parello), who are preparing to climb a remote mountain in order to commemorate Kelly’s fiance who passed away. As they’re prepping for their journey, a group of men arrive at the cabin next door. This group of loud and abrasive young men are also looking for fun, but are more interested in partying than climbing. When they invite the women to join them Sophie is up for it, whilst Kelly reluctantly agrees.

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After spending some time with the guys, Kelly heads back to the cabin, whilst Sophie continues to party on. It’s during this time that we see the leader of group, Joshua (Ben Lamb), has a serious temper on him. There were already hints at this point that he wasn’t the nicest of guys, but when he tries to rape Sophie after she insults him he ends up throwing her off a ledge. When his friends gather round him and the wounded woman they agree that if they go to the police they’ll certainly face prison time, so come to the decision to kill Sophie and stage it as a murder. Unfortunately for them, Kelly has not only seen everything, but she’s managed to film them in the act too.

When the men realise that Kelly has evidence a chase begins, with Kelly ascending the mountain alone and without her full gear, in order to escape them. Thus begins a desperate fight for survival as Kelly tries to escape her friend’s killers whilst they become willing to do whatever it takes to keep her from reporting them to the authorities.

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The first thing that I’ll say about The Ledge to anyone who might be interested in watching the film is don’t watch the trailer. Seriously, it gives the entire movie away. Not only does it give you the basic set-up for the film like I’ve just covered, but it also details everything that happens on the climb, and leaves very little unrevealed. Unfortunately, I did see the trailer before watching the film, and as such there was little here that took me by surprise; but if you go into this film knowing nothing beyond the basic set-up there’s a lot here to enjoy.

To begin with, the film doesn’t feel the need to rush into things, and spends some time before the big event setting up the characters and getting to know them. Sophie and Kelly are women who are quite different from each other, with Sophie being the more outgoing of the two, and the one who seems most up for having fun with the group of guys. Kelly, on the other hand, is more serious, more reserved, and over the course of the film we get flashbacks that explain more about who she is as a person and why she’s so different from Sophie. Both actresses play their parts well, and despite how much they contrast with each other you do genuinely believe that they’re friends.

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The group of guys don’t get as much character development, apart from the leader, Joshua. Straight away we see that there’s something not right with Joshua. He has an edge to him, he seems to have his position of leader of the group thanks to the sense of fear the others have about him, as well as him knowing secrets about them that they don’t want to get out. Before he even tries to rape Sophie and ends up killing her he’s bad news, and Ben Lamb seems to be perfect as the entitled douchebag who feels he can do whatever he wants, no matter who he hurts along the way.

Over the course of the film, as the chase begins and the characters end up on the mountain, we begin to see divisions amongst the men, and some of them start to express sorrow over what they’ve done, regret about this and past evil deeds. But despite this, the film never really tries to have us feeling like the men are anything but the villains, and the audience keeps getting reminded that they chose to do these, and other, awful things, and delights in using Kelly as a way of punishing them for their crimes.

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The film isn’t perfect by any means, and there are a few times where things seem to slow down quite a bit and it relies on slow burn tension to keep things interesting, rather than having a desperate climb chase to freedom. Some folks might like this choice, and it does allow the characters to have some quieter moments to really delve into who they are, but I was hoping things would be a bit more dramatic and dangerous at times.

The Ledge  tells the story of a group of men who think that they can use their power and strength to do whatever they want, to harm others and get away with it because of their position in society; and whilst a young woman has to die at their hands before they finally start to be punished for this it does end up being a story about evil men getting what they deserve. And in a world where far too many men are able to abuse, harm, and kill without consequence, it’s sometimes nice to see some punishment finally getting dished out.

The Ledge is out on Digital Platforms on 14th March and DVD on 21st March from Signature Entertainment.

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A Climber Must Scramble For Her Life In New Thriller The Ledge – See An Exclusive Trailer

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After all this time spent dealing with the pandemic, lots of people are looking to get out and about again – safely, that is. A climbing trip means lots of fresh air and some time in nature. Except, in the case of horror thriller The Ledge , it also means terror and threat. We've got an exclusive look at both the trailer and poster for you, so hold your breath and take a look...

Having retired to bed early to prepare for a dawn mountain ascent, Kelly (Brittany Ashworth) is woken by the screams of her friend Sophie, who had stayed up with a group of men they had met earlier. Desperate to get to her friend, Kelly runs deep into the forest using her GoPro to guide the way.

She arrives just in time to see Sophie's lifeless body being thrown over a ledge, a horror she captures on camera. Terrified, Kelly finds herself in a free-climbing chase up a freezing mountain, pursued by the group of murderous men after the evidence.

If she’s to escape this deadly game of cat and mouse she must dig deep, do all she can to survive, and climb...

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Directed by Howard J. Ford from Tom Boyle's script, the movie also stars Ben Lamb and Nathan Welsh. The Ledge arrives via Signature Entertainment on Digital Platforms 14th March and DVD 21st March.

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The Documentary Aleksei Navalny Knew We’d Watch After His Death

The Oscar-winning film followed the dissident after an attempt on his life. It played like a thriller at the time; today it feels even more chilling.

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By Alissa Wilkinson

In the opening moments of “ Navalny ,” the Oscar-winning 2022 documentary about the Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, the director Daniel Roher asks his subject a dark question.

“If you are killed — if this does happen — what message do you leave behind to the Russian people?” the voice asks from behind the camera.

Navalny’s ice-blue eyes narrow just a little, and he sighs. “Oh, come on, Daniel,” he says in heavily accented English. “No. No way. It’s like you’re making a movie for the case of my death.” He pauses, then continues. “I’m ready to answer your question, but please let it be another movie, Movie No. 2. Let’s make a thriller out of this movie.”

“And in the case I would be killed,” he concludes with a wry smile, “let’s make a boring movie of memory.”

On Friday, according to Russian authorities, Navalny, one of President Vladimir V. Putin’s harshest critics, died in a federal penitentiary in the Arctic Circle. The official story released Friday morning was that he had lost consciousness while taking a walk in the yard. Navalny’s chief of staff, Leonid Volkov, publicly doubted the reports, writing on X , “If this is true, then it’s not ‘Navalny died,’ but ‘Putin killed Navalny,’ and only that. But I don’t trust them one penny.”

If you saw the documentary ( now streaming on Max ), you might have the same doubts. “Navalny” focuses largely on a 2020 poisoning attempt on Navalny’s life, apparently via the nerve agent Novichok , which Volkov described as “Putin’s signature poison.” Following the film’s surprise Sundance premiere in 2022, it made headlines for an extended scene in which Navalny and his team prank a Russian spy, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, into confessing to the poisoning.

Navalny narrowly recovered and moved with his family to Germany, but on Jan. 17, 2021, he returned to Moscow and was immediately detained . The film shows crowds of supporters outside the airport, as well as protests after his arrest. In the following months, Navalny was charged with various crimes — including embezzlement, fraud and extremism — and had been serving a long sentence in prison at the time of his apparent death.

He asked for a thriller, and that’s what he got. “Navalny” is a heart-pounding movie that ends in something like limbo. There’s a sense in which every documentary is about someone who might be dead by the time you see them onscreen, but mortality hangs unusually thickly over “Navalny,” the man at its center having in essence died already once. His charisma and ebullience contribute greatly to his appeal, and so he both knows this fact and resents it.

About two-thirds of the way through, Navalny is relaxing between interviews with Roher when a woman asks if he’s getting annoyed by the questions about his past. No, Navalny tells her, in Russian: Roher can ask whatever he wants. She says that’s fine, but that he seems agitated.

Navalny stops and explains: “It’s just that I realize that he’s filming it all for the movie he’s going to release if I get whacked.”

He wasn’t exactly correct. A few months after its premiere, “Navalny” made its U.S. streaming debut, where it continued to garner attention. Meanwhile, alive but in prison, Navalny stayed connected to the world. He’d built a strong social media presence, and he and his team (who remain in exile) kept posting during his imprisonment. And then, in March 2023, “Navalny” won best documentary feature at the Oscars, further evidence that the world was watching.

But if “Navalny” wasn’t intended as a postmortem, it’s chilling to watch it after reports of his death. He knows what might happen but doesn’t seem scared, just determined. The day of his return to Moscow, he appears nervy and intent, but with fellow plane passengers, he makes jokes about the weather, accepts their well wishes and watches “Rick and Morty” as they descend. This is, you realize, a resolutely unflappable man.

At the end of the film, Roher once again asks Navalny what message he would leave for the Russian people if he was imprisoned or even killed. Answering in English, Navalny responds, “My message for the situation when I am killed is very simple: Not give up.” Recognizing there’s more to the sentiment, Roher asks him to repeat his answer in Russian.

“Listen, I’ve got something very obvious to tell you,” Navalny says rapidly and fluidly in Russian, according to the subtitles. He’s looking straight into the camera and picking up steam as he goes. “You’re not allowed to give up. If they decide to kill me, it means that we are incredibly strong. We need to utilize this power to not give up, to remember we are a huge power that is being oppressed by these bad dudes. We don’t realize how strong we actually are.”

Navalny takes a breath, then continues. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. So don’t be inactive.” He stares sternly into the camera, steel in his eyes.

And then his face cracks into a wide, joyful grin.

Alissa Wilkinson is a Times movie critic. She’s been writing about movies since 2005. More about Alissa Wilkinson

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  • Netflix released its first-ever engagement report called "What We Watched" in December 2023, providing data on total viewership of over 18,000 titles from January to June. This report offers more visibility into the streaming service's performance.
  • "The Night Agent" was Netflix's biggest show during this period, with a total of 812.1 million viewing hours, averaging over 8.2 million hours daily between March and June.
  • Shows like "Ginny & Georgia" season 2 and "The Glory" were also successful, with 665.1 million hours and 622.8 million hours viewed respectively.

2023 was a year filled with hit shows and movies for Netflix , and 12 of them broke an impressive viewing milestone. Netflix initially began as a streaming service, but over the years, it has created a name for itself as a production and distribution company, which resulted in critically acclaimed TV series like 2016's Stranger Things and The Crown as well as big Academy Award-winning films like 2018's Roma , 2020's Mank , and 2019's Mariage Story . Although Netflix found itself in the middle of a controversy after stopping account-sharing in 2023, the streaming service had some major wins when it comes to returning series, new shows, and movies.

In December 2023, Netflix offered unprecedented access to the performance metrics of its streaming with its first-ever engagement report called What We Watched . The report covered more than 18,000 titles, both original and licensed, and it gave access to the total viewership between January and June 2023. Although it doesn't paint the full picture of what Netflix considers a success, it's a start that gives producers and shareholders more visibility into how the streaming service is doing. Based on Netflix's details, it's now possible to calculate how many hours some shows and movies have been viewed each day since their release, and the results are astounding.

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Bridgerton was already a success for Netflix, which is why it approved a prequel spinoff following some of the characters from the hit historical romance. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Series follows Queen Charlotte's life, both in the present of Bridgerton , and her past, leading to her wedding to King George. The spinoff had stunning reviews, with a rating of 95% from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and the numbers confirm its success. Netflix's report reveals the spinoff was viewed for 503 million hours, which means 8.7 million hours daily over 57 days since its release date on May 4, 2023 , and the end of the Netflix report on June 30.

Ginny & Georgia: Season 2

January 5, 2023, ginny and georgia.

Release Date 2021-02-24

Cast Sara Waisglass, Mason Temple, Raymond Ablack, Jennifer Robertson, Scott Porter, Brianne Howey, Antonia Gentry, Felix Mallard, Diesel La Torraca

Genres Drama, Comedy

Ginny & Georgia season 2 continued the story of teenage Ginny and her mom, Georgia. It further explored Georgia's past, as well as Ginny's dealing with the truth about her mom being a murderer. Ginny & Georgia season 2 was filled with shocking moments , and it premiered on Netflix on January 5. Season 2 was watched for a total of 665.1 million hours, becoming Netflix's second most-viewed show after The Night Agent . Breaking those numbers down, Ginny & Georgia was watched daily for a total of 3.75 million hours. In addition, season 1 wasn't that far off, bringing 302.1 million hours viewed in the first half of 2023, despite premiering in 2021.

The Glory: Season 1

December 30, 2022.

The Glory is a Netflix Korean drama that follows a young woman, Moon Dong-eun, who, after being bullied into dropping out of school, decides to get revenge decades later, now with an elaborate scheme to make her abusers pay for their crimes. The Netflix report reveals that the show, which premiered on December 30, 2022, was watched for a total of 622.8 million hours and became the third series of 2023. That means The Glory was watched for 3.4 million hours daily , an amazing feat for a series that received little promo overseas.

You: Season 4

February 9 and march 9, 2023.

Release Date 2018-09-09

Cast Luca Padovan, Michaela McManus, Victoria Pedretti, Ambyr Childers, Shay Mitchell, Jenna Ortega, Travis Van Winkle, Penn Badgley, Scott Speedman, Elizabeth Lail

Genres Drama, Crime

Joe Goldberg might have overstayed his welcome, but season 4 proved You was still successful despite its obvious drop in quality. You season 4 sent the charming serial killer to London, UK, where he pretended to be a teacher and had a murder mystery vibe as Joe dealt with the "Eat the Rich" killer. The show was divided into two parts, as it premiered on February 9 and March 9, 2023. Although Netflix doesn't reveal the numbers for both, You season 4 was watched for a total of 440.6 million hours. That means, since the release of Part 2, You was watched for a total of 3.9 million hours a day.

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Outer banks: season 3, february 23, 2023, outer banks.

Release Date 2020-04-15

Cast Drew Starkey, Chase Stokes, Rudy Pankow, Austin North, Charles Esten, Jonathan Daviss, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey

Genres Drama, Action, Crime

Outer Banks season 3 started with the Pogues as they washed ashore on a deserted island. The characters have been through a lot throughout the show's three seasons, and season 3 wasn't easy on them, either, as they got caught up in another race for a treasure that made them run for their lives. Outer Banks season 3 premiered on February 23, 2023, and was a huge hit, with a total of 402.5 million viewing hours. That means a total of 3.14 million daily views during that window, which shows why Netflix rushed to renew Outer Banks for season 4 .

Wednesday: Season 1

November 23, 2022.

Release Date 2022-11-16

Cast Joy Sunday, Emma Myers, Hunter Doohan, Luis Guzman, Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Ortega, Jamie McShane, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Riki Lindhome, Christina Ricci

Genres Supernatural, Comedy, Fantasy

Netflix's spinoff from the beloved Addams Family, Wednesday , was a major success, and the numbers prove it. Wednesday broke Netflix's viewership record , inspired so many Halloween outfits, and dance recreations, and represented a newfound love for the Addams Family, leading to Netflix renewing it for season 2. The show follows the titular character to a new school called Nevermore Academy, where weird murders start happening. The show premiered on November 23, 2022, and, throughout the first half of 2023, was Netflix's fourth show with 507.7 million viewed hours, which means 2.3 million daily views.

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Fubar: season 1, may 25, 2023.

Release Date 2023-05-05

Cast Barbara Eve Harris, Aparna Brielle, Jay Baruchel, Gabriel Luna, Andy Buckley, Monica Barbaro, Fortune Feimster, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Genres Action, Adventure

FUBAR follows a CIA operative on the verge of retirement, bringing Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first leading role in a live-action television series, where he plays Luke Brunner. The show didn't receive the best reviews, with a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , but it did make viewers curious. FUBAR was watched for a total of 266.2 million hours, which means almost 7.4 million hours daily since its premiere on May 25, a huge feat for Netflix that showcases Schwarzenegger's ability to reinvent himself as an actor.

La Reina Del Sur: Season 3

La reina del sur.

Release Date February-00-00

Distributor Telemundo

The Kate del Castillo-led show La Reina del Sur follows Teresa Mendoza, a woman who became the leader of a drug cartel. S eason 3 has Teresa escape from prison after four years of her 85-year sentence, and received widespread critical acclaim. Its popularity was proven by the numbers, too, because, although it's not available globally, La Reina del Sur season 3 was watched for 429.6 million hours, which means a little over 2.3 million hours throughout those 183 days.

May 12, 2023

The Jennifer Lopez-led thriller The Mother was Netflix's biggest movie in the first half of 2023. The thriller stars Lopez as a skilled assassin who does everything in her power to protect her daughter, including giving her up for the first years of her life as she goes into hiding and plots against two huge criminals. Besides being the most-viewed movie on the platform in the first half of 2023, it was also the 14th most-viewed title overall, with a total of 249.9 million hourly views. That translates into 5.1 million hours viewed daily, which is huge for Jennifer Lopez, who will star in another Netflix movie, Atlas .

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Extraction 2, june 16, 2023, extraction 2--.

Release Date 2023-06-16

Director Sam Hargrave

Cast Jenn Kirk, Sinead Phelps, Tinatin Dalakishvili, Daniel Bernhardt, Golshifteh Farahani, Chris Hemsworth

Genres Thriller, Action

The highly-anticipated sequel to Netflix's original movie, Extraction , premiered on June 16, 2023. Extraction 2 brought Chris Hemsworth back as Tyler Rake, although the first movie ended with him seemingly dying. With a lot of action and explosions, Rake sets out on a new dangerous mission, which succeeds in bringing a lot of viewers to the movie. The film had a total of 201.8 million hours viewed, which translates to the biggest daily hours on the list: 14.4 million a day since its premiere. Given the fact that Extraction 2 only had 2 weeks to count, it might lead to it becoming Netflix's biggest film of 2023.

Fake Profile: Season 1

May 31, 2023, fake profile.

Release Date 2023-05-31

Cast Manuela Gonzlez, Lincoln Palomeque, Rodolfo Salas, Carolina Miranda

Genres Drama, Romance, Thriller

Fake Profile is a Colombian television series about Camila, who enters her dream relationship after meeting the perfect guy on a dating app. However, things aren't what they seem, and the series involves a lot of drama, twists, and steamy moments . Fake Profile will continue with season 2 because it became an instant hit. Although, just like La Reina del Sur, Fake Profile is not available globally, it has been watched on Netflix for a total of 206.5 million hours since its premiere on May 31, 2023, which translates into an astounding 6.88 million hours every day since its premiere on May 31, 2023.

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Avatar: the last airbender (season 1).

The first season of Netflix’s live-action take on Avatar: The Last Airbender premieres this week to about just as much hype as you can expect from such a beloved series. In this reimagining of the Nickelodeon classic, the world awaits the return of the Avatar, a prodigy capable of bending all four elements. Enter Aang, the last Air Nomad, awakening to his destiny alongside the waterbending Katara and her warrior brother, Sokka. In a narrative woven with the threads of mysticism and peril, Aang's band must outmaneuver not only the mystical forces at play but also withstand Fire Lord Ozai's tyranny, with Zuko loyally by his side. Gordon Cormier steps into Aang’s shoes, flanked by Kiawentiio, Ian Ousley, and Dallas Liu, with Daniel Dae Kim taking on the role of the fearsome Fire Lord Ozai.

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In Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken , we are introduced to Ruby Gillman, a 16-year-old who's not just navigating the treacherous waters of high school but is also secretly a descendant of the mighty Kraken queens. In an unexpected twist of fate, Ruby Gillman emerges from the shadows into a legacy-laden clash with siren-like foes, her concealed bloodline casting her as the protagonist in an ancestral drama where she must face off against sea-dwelling deceivers that not only challenge her sense of self but also threaten to upset a delicate maritime equilibrium. Lana Condor, Annie Murphy, and Toni Collette lend their voices to director Kirk DeMicco’s vibrant animated journey that explores the power of accepting oneself. This story delves into themes of heritage and personal truth, showcasing how recognizing one's own identity can be a source of immense strength.

The 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Mark your calendars for a night of glitz, glamour, and groundbreaking achievements as Netflix broadcasts the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards live. The ever-growing collection of SAG-AFTRA members, over a hundred thousand strong, casts their votes in an act that mirrors the vast tapestry and united resonance of performers across this medium. Among the illustrious nominees are Lily Gladstone, for her unforgettable role in Killers of the Flower Moon; Cillian Murphy, for his intense work in Oppenheimer; and Sterling K. Brown, who brought his best stuff to American Fiction . Get ready for a night to remember.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

Everything Everywhere All At Once is a whirlwind of a movie that catapults Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), a laundromat owner on the verge of personal and financial ruin, into a bewildering multiverse adventure. Evelyn’s life is pretty ordinary, dealing with family drama and the stress of an IRS audit that's not going her way. Out of nowhere, she finds herself on a wild ride through countless other worlds. This isn't just about crunching numbers or bickering at the dinner table anymore—it’s about tapping into potential she never knew she had to tackle a crisis stretching across the cosmos. In this cinematic gem, crowned by the Academy with a Best Picture win last year, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, and Jamie Lee Curtis deliver standout performances in a narrative where Evelyn's otherwise ordinary existence collides with the extraordinary, unveiling dormant powers that could be pivotal in safeguarding not just her own reality but an entire mosaic of universes.

Mea Culpa (2024)

Tyler Perry's Mea Culpa introduces us to Mea Harper (Kelly Rowland), a defense attorney who delves into the complex case of Zyair Malloy (Trevante Rhodes), a client whose charm and mystery blur the lines between guilt and innocence. Peeling through the case's deceptive veneer, Harper encounters a web of seduction and half-truths that challenge her discernment. This modern erotic thriller presents a narrative rich in clandestine desires and treacherous trust, weaving an intricate dance where secrets reign supreme and sincerity stands on shaky ground. In a narrative steered by Perry, Mea Culpa weaves through a labyrinth of fervent encounters and covert betrayals, offering an odyssey that's as beguiling as it is fraught with peril.

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  • February 21 : Can I Tell You A Secret? (Season 1)
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  • February 23 : Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022); Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Season 6); Ghost Doctor (Season 1); Mea Culpa (2024); The Indrani Mukerjea Story: Buried Truth (Season 1); Through My Window: Looking at You (2024)
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  • February 25 : Rise: Ini Kalilah (2018); The Last Bastion (2018)

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The Northman

2022, Adventure/Action, 2h 17m

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A bloody revenge epic and breathtaking visual marvel, The Northman finds filmmaker Robert Eggers expanding his scope without sacrificing any of his signature style. Read critic reviews

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You might be frustrated if you're expecting something straightforward, but viewers looking for an artsy -- and bloody -- Viking revenge story won't be disappointed by The Northman . Read audience reviews

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The Northman is an epic revenge thriller, that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father.

Rating: R (Some Sexual Content|Nudity|Strong Bloody Violence)

Genre: Adventure, Action, Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English

Director: Robert Eggers

Producer: Robert Eggers , Mark Huffam , Lars Knudsen , Arnon Milchan , Alexander Skarsgård

Writer: Sjón , Robert Eggers

Release Date (Theaters): Apr 22, 2022  wide

Release Date (Streaming): May 13, 2022

Box Office (Gross USA): $34.2M

Runtime: 2h 17m

Distributor: Focus Features

Production Co: Square Peg, New Regency, Perfect World Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos

Cast & Crew

Alexander Skarsgård

Nicole Kidman

Queen Gudrún

Fjölnir the Brotherless

Ethan Hawke

King Aurvandil War-Raven

Anya Taylor-Joy

Olga of the Birch Forest

Gustav Lindh

Thórir the Proud

Elliott Rose

Willem Dafoe

Heimir the Fool

Phill Martin

Hallgrimr Half-Troll

Finnr the Nose-Stub

Olwen Fouéré

Áshildur Hofgythja

Edgar Abram

Hersveinn Battle Hard

Jack Gassmann

Hjalti Battle Hasty

Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson

Oscar Novak

Young Amleth

Hallur Freymundur

Robert Eggers

Screenwriter

Mark Huffam

Lars Knudsen

Arnon Milchan

Yariv Milchan

Executive Producer

Michael Schaefer

Thomas Benski

Jarin Blaschke

Cinematographer

Louise Ford

Film Editing

Robin Carolan

Original Music

Sebastian Gainsborough

Craig Lathrop

Production Design

Paul Ghirardani

Art Director

Niamh Coulter

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Consider writer/director Robert Eggers' bloody Viking revenge movie as a companion piece to 2021's The Green Knight. Both movies take mythical, supernatural-aided tales of heroics and medieval masculinity and feed into the spectacle while also cleaving the legend to make way for a sense of humanity. We follow Amleth (Alexander Skatsgard) who is a displaced prince who has sworn to kill his treacherous uncle and rescue his mother (Nicole Kidman). It's a tale so old that it inspired Shakespeare's Hamlet, though that play could have benefited from a climax involving two hulking naked men dueling to the death atop an exploding volcano. The Northman reminds me a lot of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, a movie I described back in the day as "an art film for jocks." It's immersive and impressive down to the exact detail, and it doesn't shirk on the blood and combat. It's also unmistakably the work of Eggers, a very precise and idiosyncratic indie director whose prior movies felt like stylistic dares. The camerawork is often long with single takes, making all the visual arrangements and coordination that much more impressive. It's staggering that a studio provided Eggers with $90 million to go make his version of Conan the Barbarian. At a lugubrious 140 minutes, there's enough sticky carnage to satiate fans of brutish medieval action movies, but I appreciated how Eggers keeps his story purposely streamlined and simplistic until a few keen reveals force the audience and protagonist to re-examine the assumptions and fleeting honor of vengeance in this harsh, unfair environment of men out-killing one another. It's a movie that provides the red meat and then makes you question whether you might want to go vegan. There's more that can be unpacked but I wish Eggers had cut back at points. This is a slow movie, which does contribute to its mood and atmosphere, but I also wish Eggers had gotten to some of his plot points with a bit more haste and vigor. The Northman is transporting and bold and also more than a bit bloated. You could laugh at some of its over-the-top machismo but I feel like Eggers is inviting criticism of that very machismo, so enjoy the movie on one level where it indulges all the Old World violence, and then enjoy it on another level where it subverts and castigates the same Old World violence. Or you could just watch for the glistening muscles, famous faces, bad accents, bad wigs, guttural score, and weird imagery. Nate's Grade: B

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Eggers finally fulfills the promise he showed in his earlier work. A gorgeous and bold epic that both feels old fashioned (possibly ancient even) and excitingly new.

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