"This is the weekend they didn't play golf. "Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
Disturbing, yet thought provoking
This was, undoubtedly, the most disturbing movie that I have ever seen. The
first part of the movie, though strange, has a light and amusing quality to
it. The journey begins on such a peaceful note, detailing and emphasizing
the beauty of the hills of Appalachia. But that is misleading beyond belief.
The obvious social problems (inbreeding) and the deformities of the
countryside's inhabitants are only the first disturbing aspects of the
movie. I can still hear Bobby moaning in pain, and I shudder at the
thought. Lewis's leg made me wince. Yet, while the movie was, on the
whole, very disturbing and distressing, it posed some interesting questions.
When is it moral, or right to take another individual's life? What can
morality drive us to do, or not do, in some cases? And are dignity and
moral integrity more important than life itself?
Whatever conclusions one may draw from the film, it is an achievement in its
own right (despite certain aspects that were chillingly real and gruesome).