Hey folks, Valkor here. So what do you get when you take four guys, two girls, one boat, and slap them in the middle of nowhere? You get the perfect set up for some serious tension - sexual and or otherwise. And that's exactly what you get should you decide pick up Australian film "Caught Inside", directed by Adam Blaiklock.
Caught Inside centers on a group of surfers who charter a boat and crew to take them to some sweet isolated area, to catch some gnarly waves. What's usually a male party, they're now made up of four dudes – Bull, who's also the guide (Ben Oxenbould), Archie (Harry Cook), Toobs (Simon Lyndon), and Rob (Sam Lyndon), plus two chicks – Sam (Daisy Betts) and Alex (Leeanna Walsman), who is also Toob's girlfriend. So that just leaves one woman to spread out amongst the three. Well it ain't happenin with Archie because he's the youngest, so that just leaves Bull and Rob. Fortunately for Rob, Samantha has her radar locked on his coordinates and the end up gettin all hot and heavy. The pot begins to boil because as it turns out Bull has a thing for Samantha. Tensions flare when Bull gets aggressive with Sam, which ultimately gets him banished to this island to be by his lonesome till morning. Oh but Bull isn't taking this lying down; somehow he makes it back to the boat to get what he feels he rightfully deserves – a piece of Sam. And that's when the real fun begins.
See, this is why you can never bring women along on a dude's trip, especially if there isn't enough to go around. Too much sexual tension building up, one dude explodes in a psychotic haze, and you're suddenly one man down because he went too far and you had to ditch him on an island… for your protection. It happens! Fellas, we gotta stop that shit! Oh you're gonna have a boys night out but your girl wants to go, oh and she wants to bring her friend along too? Then you don't go. Stay yo ass on home. That's right, I went there. No women on dude's trips! Just no!
Caught Inside is a very simple, very straight forward story, as well as a suspenseful one… when the suspense eventually kicks in – yea it takes awhile for stuff to happen. But when it does you're in for a ride. While the pacing may be slow (really slow), I think it's the build up that really helps the film because you become connected to the characters that you actually care about their plight when the shit hits the fan. And that's another positive point of the film – the acting. It's fucking brilliant! I think everyone puts on an amazing performance, but you have to give it up for Ben Oxenbould's portrayal of Bull – he starts out pretty mild-mannered, building up to deeply demented savage brute of a man, it was crazy! I freakin love to hate this guy!!! In the end, I was impressed. Well done!
I mentioned above the pacing might cause some to walk away from the film before the good parts - about a good 40 or so minutes of this 95 minute thriller. However it's the waiting that's the hardest part and some scenes do drag for what feels like an eternity. Next, the film could have used a death or two just to show that Bull really means business. I mean him smacking people up and going savage Hulk on the ship was good, but had he choked out a brotha, I would have flipped! And speaking of death, there were a few too many points in the film where Bull could have been taken out sooner rather than later. Case in point: While Rob is out surfing, he comes across Bull's board. Realizing he's on the boat, he's able to make his way back onboard undetected by Bull, who is throwing knives at the ship's captain (3rd pic very related), who is trailing them in a smaller boat. Mind you he's standing on a plank that's above the water. I would think Rob would simply push him in. Nope he heads for the bridge and tries to steer the boat. *sigh*. And there are a few more situations like that. But that's just me nitpicking.
Caught Inside is available now in both Australia and the U.S. and you can get more details if you click the logo to the right. I know I complained about the pacing, but definitely stay with this one; you'll be greatly rewarded not only by a stellar performance by Oxenbould, but also a suspenseful and entertaining thriller. And out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving "Caught Inside" 4.5. And remember if it's supposed to be "dude's night out", make sure it stays that way.