I always like it when fellow bloggers talk about movies I have never heard of. During the Movie Confessions Blogathon someone mentioned Deliverance and I didn’t know a thing about it. Of course I immediately checked out IMDB to find out more about it and when I saw it had a good score and Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty were playing in it I became interested in seeing it.
The story of this movie is a very simple one. It’s about four city men who go on a boating trip on a river that will soon disappear because of the creation of a lake. While on the trip they run into trouble with some locals and have to try to finish their boating trip to go home safe. Despite this simple story it was a tense movie to watch. I was constantly wondering what I would be doing to survive and how paranoid I would get. You really get into the mindset of the characters.
Deliverance builds a tense situation by using very simple means, the threat of hostile locals pushes the movie forward. The soundtrack uses a lot of banjo music and it only adds to the atmosphere. Burt Reynolds is very charismatic here, but his fellow actors convince as well. All are men who deal with their fear differently, some by directly attacking it, some by freezing up. It’s violent and full of suspense and had me hooked from the beginning. It is a movie I should have checked out a while ago.