Starring: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox
A harmless canoe trip in the American wilderness turns into a sequence of unimaginable events for the four friends who decide to embark on it. Lewis (Reynolds), Ed (Voight), Bobby (Beatty) and Drew (Cox) decide to canoe down the Cahulawassee River before it eventually becomes a lake due to the construction of a dam. Bobby and Drew are more of city slickers with Lewis being the one most experienced with the outdoor life followed by Ed. Their trip starts taking a downward turn when Ed and Bobby, on one canoe, get seperated from the other two and are subsequently kidnapped by two local men who try to sexually exploit them. The movie is most famously known for it’s shoe string budget and the stunts being performed by the actors themselves without using stunt doubles or having being covered by insurance. With these factors in play, the true emotions of the actors are visible who are tasked to do life threatening stunts themselves. The movie story is very simple and easy to follow, although it can get slow every now and then. With no real outcome, it simply narrates the experiences of these four friends and how their lives permanently changed after this expedition.
Thumbs up: Fabulous acting by all four, very natural
Thumbs down: Some parts get a bit slow