Camping Trip – ★✩✩✩✩ | Film Review

When the scenery is the best thing in a film, you’re in trouble!

Directors – Demian Fuica, Leonardo Fuica
Writer – Leonardo Fuica
Stars – Leonardo Fuica, Caitlin Cameron, Alex Gravenstein

Synopsis : In the summer of 2020, two couples decide to go on a COVID era camping trip after months of being in lockdown. The freedom of nature and the company of their best friends offer the group a rare sense of normality, but though secluded, they’re not alone. Nearby, during a botched drop off, two goons decide to go rogue; inadvertently, implicating the campers. What started as a fun-filled vacation quickly turns into a test of loyalty and survival. Suddenly the pandemic is the least of their worries.

Camping Trip is like a badly packed tent : messy, all over the place and something you won’t wanna get out again any time soon.

When 4 friends go camping during COVID and ultimately get involved in the middle of a drop-off-gone-wrong, all hell breaks loose….except it doesn’t because I was utterly bored throughout.

In the early stages of the film, its clear that the four main leads in this are not great actors. Nothing is believable about any of them and instantly I got the feeling of “can we just get to the killing?”

Once the characters do make it to the woods and the shockingly bad side-story begins to develop, the film should get better…..should!

Before the killing begins, we are hit with the most ludicrous sex-scene which literally comes out of nowhere and momentarily threatened to spark a little bit of life into a dull story. But once that it swiftly over and the four of them bump into two rogue bad guys with no real motivation, it goes from dull to meh!

What the film-maker attempts to do is create something arty. I cannot complain about the scenery shots throughout which are genuinely beautiful, but its not enough. We get the longest slo-mo shot I have ever witnessed in the middle of a fight scene. We also get some Ari Aster-esque spinning camera shot during one pivotal scenes near the end. Both these scenes go on way too long. They overstay their welcome to the point where I was actively bored whilst watching them…the exact opposite of what should have been happening in those scenes.

You feel every second of the near 2hr film and unfortunately it just doesn’t work. There’s a Chekov’s Gun moment fairly early which I called out and was just waiting for the payoff, the story isn’t engaging, the acting is amateurish and its just..well…bad!

Its only got 1 star because the scenery is lovely.

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