Wednesday, February 27 2013, 11:32 PM MST
DVD Review: The Loneliest Planet
The Loneliest Planet
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: February 26, 2013
Available On: DVD
The Film: Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg), an engaged couple, going backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains. Led by a local guide the three make their way through the wilderness, but when faced with danger Alex reveals his true nature his relationship with Nica begins to disintegrate.
The Extras: Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, Photos, Trailer
Recommendation: “The Loneliest Planet” is a slow-moving character study set against a beautiful and unforgiving backdrop where anything could be waiting around the next bend. The film is carried by the lush cinematography and the cast’s performances. There is a very natural feel to the film and its pace. Alex and Nica start out as strangers to the audience, but over the course of the film their personalities and the increasingly unstable bond between them is examined extensively. The pivotal moment comes and passes rather quickly. It’s a testament to how quickly our perception of those around us, even those we think we know well, can change in an instant.
-Ryan Michael Painter