Noob Reviews: Calibre
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Calibre?
Calibre is a Netflix original thriller with heavy drama elements, that follows the misdeeds of boarding-school friends Marcus and Vaughn who head out to the Scottish Highlands for the weekend. Having never hunted before, Marcus takes Vaughn out on his first-ever hunt to celebrate Vaughn’s fiancée getting pregnant.
Unfortunately for the two, what was planned to be a weekend away for the lads hunting and bonding, takes a very sinister turn after Vaughn accidentally shoots dead a young child in the forest. And not wanting to go to jail, Marcus, shoots dead the father when they are discovered.
From here on the two must rely on their wits and remain calm as they return to town and balance hiding the truth from the townsfolk around them, hiding all traces of their crime, and escaping the area before anyone notices the missing father and son.
In theory, they had a solid plan that should have been smoothly executed, but as with all of the best-made plans, something can always go wrong.
What type of genre is the film?
Calibre would definitely fit into the genres of both a drama and thriller.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix UK & Ireland’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can find the film’s listing on Netflix here.
When was Calibre released?
Calibre was released as a Netflix original film in June 2018.
How long is the film?
The film is one hour and forty-one minutes in length.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Cal MacAninch (Al McClay)
Jack Lowden (Vaughn)
Kate Bracken (Iona)
Martin McCann (Marcus)
Tony Curran (Logan McClay)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Calibre?
Having watched the trailer - Calibre instantly had my attention, as it showed an exciting mix of the hesitant hunter (Vaughn), mystery and crime. Not to mention it revealed Tony Curran (Logan) as being part of the film, who has played so many fantastic roles in his career to date, whether it be in Being Human, Primeval, The 13th Warrior, Blade 2, Taggart - the list just goes on and on. Luckily the cast turned out to be a solid choice with their screen time hardly ever wasted and their delivery, for the most part, keeping things to an ever-escalating pace. Until the moment the lads are forced to face their actions.
What really stood out about the film to me was how well the film portrayed your typical Scottish town, which is tightknit and has a definite sense of community. Although the locals try to make their would-be hunters welcome and comfortable, there is always this lingering sense that they are outsiders and not locals. It’s a delicate balance that is pulled off really well and serves to keep the lads very much on edge as the film progresses. Although the story, in general, could have been fleshed out a little more and had room for improvement in a few places, overall it was attention-grabbing and as with the example above - has many aspects that really bring it to life.
When it comes to the surroundings, the Scottish Highlands could not have been a better fit for the film with the vast forests, vibrant outdoor palettes and generally breathtaking scenery. Personally, I love Scotland as a go-to for weekend getaways, and I thought that the cinematography really caught some of the best views and vibes that the Scottish Highlands could offer.
Although there were many positive aspects to the film, I thought at times, especially once Vaughn and Marcus had buried their kills. That the story got a bit sloppy and quite loosely structured. But not so much as to take away from the entertainment factor. There are also a few characters, such as a shit-stirring daughter named Kara to one of the locals. Who the film could have done without or maybe would have been served better with a re-casting. Although she (Kara) does tie into the story, she has no real screen presence and very minimal dialogue. As opposed to Iona, whose actress (Kate Bracken) portrays an actual person, with a personality and character even though she too has short moments of screen time for the majority of the film.
What rating would you give Calibre?
I would rate Calibre as a 4 out of 5 bananas.
Overall an enjoyable film that will please many a thriller fan, as with all movies there was minor points of improvement that subtracted points from the final score, but this is definitely one I will be watching again in the future.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Calibre and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.