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27 Dec 2013

DVD Review: 'Sightseers' Is a Delightfully Deranged Road-Trip Film With a Surprise

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What happens in Sightseers caught me completely off-guard.

This is a dark, twisted road comedy that boasts Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End) as one of its executive producers. Steve Oram and Alice Lowe star as Chris and Tina, a couple going on their first holiday together. They pack up a trailer—much to the chagrin of Alice’s attention-starved mom—and head out on a tour of England.

What follows, I will not divulge; I will just say the movie offers a cool surprise.

Oram and Lowe are excellent in this movie, giving us the two best RV-traveling characters since Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty in Lost in America. There’s a great mix of darkness and funny here, and it’s refreshing to see something this unpredictable. It’s a deranged delight—well worth your time.

Director Ben Wheatley is a bit of a nut. He also delivered a segment of the anthology film The ABCs of Death that was a thousand kinds of crazy. I’m interested to see what the man does in the future.

Special Features: There’s an audio commentary with the director and cast, some outtakes, and a making-of documentary.

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