Excerpt: Black Rock would be right at home if it opened many years ago. It just feels like the kind of film that invaded the 80′s and 90′s. The film stars Kate Bosworth as Sarah. She convinces her two friends Abby (Katie Aselton) and Lou (Lake Bell) to take a weekend trip to a remote island off the coast of Maine. This island is where they spent time in their youth. They meet three hunters and things start peaceful enough.
Excerpt: It would have been impossible to predict that Aselton, wife of "mumblecore" (ugh) king Mark Duplass and a star of The League on FX, would have followed up her excellent 2010 relationship drama The Freebie with a survival thriller about three women fighting for their lives. It's too conventional, critics said, and too undercooked. Aselton, an actress and filmmaker known for more thoughtful projects, appeared to be settling for a standard genre exercise.
Conclusion: Despite its loftier-than-expected ambitions, Black Rock stumbles as a thriller under the weight of its own pretense. Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell and Katie Aselton are enjoyable leads, but Black Rock has difficulty matching its intense subject matter with credible character motivations. . What Do You Think?
Conclusion: 'Black Rock' initially seems prepared to offer a new take on the standard thriller, but rather than explore the genre in which it is set, director Aselton and the script seem to veer off into a dissection of the character's interpersonal relationships – which would have been an asset to the film, had it not come at great expense to the plot or the necessary feeling of suspense and trepidation.
Excerpt: Black Rock unfolds on an island that becomes a Hunger Games -style arena, which is fitting since the film itself plays out like a sporting event—a bloody tug of war between the harshly offensive and the surprisingly fascinating. The setup is simple: Three lifelong friends, Sarah (Kate Bosworth), Lou (Lake Bell), and Abby (Katie Aselton), the latter two of whom have rocky, unresolved issues, head out for a girls' weekend on the Maine island they explored in their youth.
Summary: John Boorman's Deliverance was awash in testosterone, filtering a male bonding experience through a filter of degradation, moral shades of gray and an ultimate fight for survival. James Dickey's original novel may have been a bit more elegiac than Boorman's visceral film adaptation, but it, too, was suffused with an almost palpable masculinity, albeit masculinity that suddenly had to question what exactly it meant to be a man.
Excerpt: For an 83-minute thriller, Black Rock sure takes its sweet time getting to the supposed “good stuff.” Maybe that’s because, for director/star Katie Aselton, the film’s fight-for-survival plot is less interesting than the trio of estranged heroines it encompasses. The relaxed, extended first act commences with a hoodwink, as Kate Bosworth tricks childhood companions Aselton and Lake Bell—who haven’t spoken to each other in years, for reasons not immediately revealed—into...