1959, the Urals. Nine hikers are found dead within a stone's throw from their remote campsite. But what happened to them? A team of documentary makers set out to find the answer.
Renny Harlin returns to the mountains, but trades cliff-hanging for found-footage chills. The roots of the story are fascinatingly real: the unexplained deaths in 1959 of nine hikers in the Russian Ural mountains. Harlin’s film follows documentarians on the trail of an answer, and to a large extent avoids the problem of a great mystery being more interesting than its (fabulously off-the-wall) solution. The cast are likable, and the script often amusing. And while there’s an unfortunate dip into CGI creature-feature late on, it’s only a brief detour on the way to a satisfyingly circular conclusion.
It's good to see Harlin back in the mountains, and while this isn't on par with Cliffhanger's thrills and spills, it's a smartly-executed little whatdunnit.
Reviewed by Owen Williams