The Trip (2021) Review

Director: Tommy Wirkola

Writers: Nick Ball, John Niven, Tommy Wirkola

Stars: Noomi Rapace, Aksel Hennie, André Eriksen

RATING: 3.5 Stars

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A dysfunctional couple head to a remote cabin to reconnect, but each has intentions to kill the other. Before they can carry out their plans, unexpected visitors arrive and they faced with a greater danger. – From IMDB

This film had the most bonkers plot outline from the start, and then the further along it got the crazier it got, until it was all out, balls to the wall crazy. And I kind of loved it for that. It wasn’t afraid to take it a bit too far. There are definitely some things that some people would find offensive, and this is definitely not a film for people who get squeamish at the sight of blood, but if horror comedies are your thing, you could do way worse than this one!

First things first, you are going to have to serious suspend all your belief. There is no way anyone could take the amount of punishment these characters do and keep coming back for more. There are some outrageously crazy would inflicted here, and everyone just keeps on going like its nothing. The fact that absolutely anything could be a weapon, and it will be used to the upmost of it’s violent potential is all part of the fun here, but be prepared for blood. A lot of it.

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I liked the use of flashbacks to explain how the characters got to this point, ans how they connect to the story later on, making moments that seems innocuous earlier, make perfect sense when you have the right context. I don’t know if we had enough background on our main two characters really, we know very little about them apart from what they view as each other flaws. But I guess them both being unlikeable people makes sense to see how far they come as a couple by the end of the film.

The constant toilet and arse humour was a bit silly for me, as we know by now comedy isn’t my favourite, and toilet humour is probably my least favourite, so I could have done without that. And at nearly two hours, this film did feel a little long. It could have cut a good twenty minutes off it’s middle portion and still been just as good. That last act is a whirlwind of chaos and bloody violence and a lot of people may well lose interest before they get a chance to get to this great closing act.

Overall I liked this a lot more than I expected. Perfect for horror comedy fans.

‘The Trip’ is streaming on Netflix Now!

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