Calibre is a chilling and foreboding thriller directed by Matt Palmer. The film stars Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran, Kate Bracken and Ian Pirie. It is a dark and intense backwoods survival story which sits on your nerves relentlessly.
Vaughn and Marcus, who have been friends since childhood, travel to a remote area of the Scottish Highlands for a hunting trip. The pair are tested to the limit when they face a thrilling situation which neither could have prepared for.
Matt Palmer's story is an accident snowballing into nightmare land. The characters are developed, relatable personas that pull you in. The acting is stellar. The cast create a dark, heavy intensity dangerously close to inducing anxiety, but slow and suspenseful.
Special effects are limited. Expressed only in two blood-soaked moments which are far apart in the film. Most of the horror comes from oppressive, nightmarishly tight atmosphere and character development set against amazingly ominous setting. Cinematography is awesome in "Calibre".
Overall the movie is an exceptional thriller, closely related to dark melodrama, but make no mistake, "Calibre" is a horror film completely. It doesn't offer a balls-out gorefest experience, however the film's constant, stress inducing atmosphere and heavy nature keeps you drawn in right from the start. (5/5)