Release date19 March 2006 (2006-03-19) Initial releaseAugust 11, 2006 (United Kingdom) Initial DVD releaseAugust 15, 2006 (Netherlands) CastSean Pertwee (Jed), Alex Reid (Louise), Toby Kebbell (Callum), Stephen Wight (Steve), Luke Neal (Lewis), Ben McKay (Lindsay) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Self/less, John Wick, A Serbian Film, Southland Tales, The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)
TaglineIt's not about revenge. It's about punishment.
After a young boy commits suicide at a juvenile detention center, two bullies are held responsible and sent with others to an uninhabited island, formerly an Army training zone. The delinquents, including Steve (Stephen Wight) and Lewis (Luke Neal), are accompanied by ruthless overseer Jed (Sean Pertwee). Although originally intended as an exercise to build character and instill virtue, their trip turns sinister when they encounter a group of bloodthirsty dogs and a crazy killer with a crossbow.
Wilderness is a 2006 British-Irish horror film directed by Michael J. Bassett and written by Dario Poloni.
Juvenile delinquents gets sent to a small British island after a fellow prisoners death, where they have to fight for survival.
After the suicide of one of the inmates at a British young offender institution, a group of teenage offenders, along with a prison officer, are sent to a remote island, formerly used as a British Army training area, but now serving as a prison training area. They soon find out they are not alone on the island as some members of the group come across a camp site with two female young offenders and their prison officer. The story develops into a tale of betrayal and vengeance. Strange murders start occurring, and the boys eventually work out that they are being persecuted by the father of the boy who killed himself, a special forces soldier. One by one, the teenagers and their supervisors are picked off, either by the father, his dogs, or by each other.
Sean Pertwee as Jed
Alex Reid as Louise
Toby Kebbell as Callum
Stephen Wight as Steve
Luke Neal as Lewis
Ben McKay as Lindsay
Lenora Crichlow as Mandy
Karly Greene as Jo
Adam Deacon as Blue
The film was produced and distributed by a consortium of independents, and directed by Michael J. Bassett, whose previous credits include 2002s Deathwatch. The story was filmed on location in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Wilderness premiered at the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film on 19 March 2006, and its UK premiere was at the Belfast Film Festival on 1 April 2006.
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that Wilderness received positive reviews by 29% of seven reviewers; the average rating was 4.4/10. John Condit of DreadCentral rated it 3/5 stars and stated that it would polarize viewers into two camps: gorehounds and genre snobs. In a mixed review, Philip French of The Guardian compared it to Dog Soldiers and described its sense of justice as "arbitrary". Geoffrey Macnab, also of The Guardian, rated it 3/5 and stated that it is an entertaining B movie. Leslie Felperin of Variety said that the film is "schlocky", but its target demographic of teens will enjoy it. Nigel Floyd of Time Out London rated it 4/5 and described it as "taut and visceral". Jamie Russell of the BBC rated the film 2/5 and states that the film has "atrocious editing and hapless direction". Jeremy Knox of Film Threat rated it 3.5/5 and called it familiar yet "a cut above the rest".