and nowhere near enough water, he and Jenn have nowhere to go but down, down, down. The couple had driven north to celebrate their fourth anniversary. It is loosely based on the true story of a hungry man-eating bear and 30-year-olds Mark Jordan and Jacqueline Perry, in the back country of Missinaibi Lake Provincial Park, North of Chapleau , Ontario in 2005, events for which Mark later received the Star of Courage award from Governor General Michaëlle … After much convincing, and against her better judgment, she agrees to let him take her deep into a Provincial Park … Based on a true story, BACKCOUNTRY follows an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness – where unimaginable beauty sits alongside our most primal fears. The film stars Jeff Roop and Missy. It is loosely based on the true story of a man-eating bear. In “Wild,” when Cheryl Strayed sets off on her trek with too much gear and ill-fitting boots, it makes sense for her personality and becomes part of her journey. During the couple’s short canoe ride to the trailhead, the pristine park looks vast yet inviting, and as deceptively manageable as the boat itself. When the worst finally does arrive, Mr. MacDonald trades in his timing and discretion to go full-bore gore, gleefully painting the screen red with blood and guts in an ugly scene that proves, yet again, man really is the most dangerous animal. They’re attractive if bland and, it becomes clear when they check in with a ranger (Nicholas Campbell), terribly ill equipped for their adventure. The forest begins to progressively close in around them like a hand — a giant, furry, clawed one. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. For most of its 91 tense, uneven minutes, “Backcountry” plays on your nerves like a kid flicking you with a rubber band. Over time, though, the kid grows meaner, and the flicks grow harder, faster, too, and you realize that they’re keeping time with the thudding of your heart (thump, thump). Something wicked this way comes — or maybe not. MacDonald has said he was partly inspired by an Ontario couple's… Mr. MacDonald’s ability to notch up dread moment by moment — with a rustle of leaves, the snap of a twig — is all the more impressive given that it takes a while to warm up to the two souls he cuts loose in those woods. Once they hit the trail in earnest, though, that initial sense of expansiveness (and manageability) begins to disappear along with the friendly faces of other hikers. Tales of man against nature tend to be more exciting than those about man with nature, and so it is here. Backcountry is a Canadian nature—survival horror film, written and directed by Adam MacDonald. Watching characters make stupid choices can be pleasurable and useful, as countless Farrelly brothers chuckleheads show. Making the most of the beautiful surroundings, the camera sweeping over the quiet grandeur of the crystalline lake and dense forest, Mr. MacDonald and his nimble-footed director of photography, Christian Bielz, make a convincing visual case for why Alex and Jenn (who has little camping experience) have made the trip. It’s diverting, unnerving fun watching their descent, at least for a while. “Backcountry” includes a brief notice that it’s based on a true story, and Mr. MacDonald has said he was partly inspired by an Ontario couple’s real-life wilderness nightmare. Directed by Adam MacDonald. Tales of man against nature tend to be more exciting than those about man with nature, and so it is here. ), but when Alex, a self-professed park expert, tells the ranger they don’t need a map, the couple’s fate is as good as sealed. Jeff Roop, left, and Missy Peregrym as two highly unprepared hikers in “Backcountry,” directed by Adam MacDonald. By contrast, Alex’s mistakes — and he makes several forehead-slapping doozies — don’t register as expressions of character but rather as specific narrative strategies because, without a map or a compass (never mind G.P.S.) He teases out the exact nature of the attack with insinuating cracks and creaks, a foreboding dead bird, a lot of neck-swiveling double takes and a sly, amusingly testy encounter with another hiker, Brad (Eric Balfour). With Jeff Roop, Missy Peregrym, Nicholas Campbell, Eric Balfour. You feel the sting (thwack, thwack), but it doesn’t bother you. The only real problem was the films ambition couldn't live up to the films. An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear. The writer and director Adam MacDonald was born in 1977, two years after “Jaws” (chomp, chomp) forced everyone out of the water. He’s set out to have you now steer clear of the lovely, dark and deep woods, too. You first meet Jenn (a good Missy Peregrym) and Alex (Jeff Roop) en route to a backpacking trip in the Canadian wilds. Review: ‘Backcountry,’ a Wilderness Survival Thriller, The Times critic Manohla Dargis reviews “Backcountry.”. They may have the gear, including water purification (if not enough water! Too many dumb decisions by a good-guy stiff like Alex, a Dudley Do-Right whom Mr. MacDonald tries to make sympathetic, tends to mean that a filmmaker hasn’t done the necessary hard work. Alex (Jeff Roop) is a seasoned outdoorsman while Jenn (Missy Peregrym), a corporate lawyer, is not. Backcountry is a 2014 Canadian nature–survival horror film, written and directed by Adam MacDonald.