Sightseers Movie Review

Subscribe Alice Lowe

Even by Ben Wheatley's genre-busting standards, this film is a triumph, centring on comedy and romance in a road movie about two violent serial killers. After the terrific Down Terrace and Kill List, we probably should have expected as much, but this film exceeds expectations at every turn, keeping us laughing and cringing all the way to the fiendishly clever conclusion.

Tina (Lowe) defies her disapproving mother to go on a caravan holiday in northern England with her new boyfriend Chris (Oram). As they head through the picturesque Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Tina is momentarily shocked when Chris runs down an annoying thug with their car. She decides it must be an accident, but as the body count grows she develops a taste for killing. Meanwhile, their relationship is going through the usual ups and downs as they struggle to live together in the confined quarters of their caravan while Tina's mum continues to pester them. So there are other things besides their homicidal urges that strain their romance.

Wheatley gives the film a cheerful tone that catches us off guard. It starts like a typical British black comedy, with sarcastic humour and romantic undercurrents. And the road trip takes in a series of dazzling landscapes, offbeat tourist attractions, picturesque campsites and even an adorable dog. So watching it merrily morph into something brutally murderous is both terrifying and funny. We begin to laugh nervously any time someone puts him or herself into their path, gasping at the possibilities and then staring dumfounded at where things go.

This is exactly what Wheatley did in his previous two films, blurring lines between genres to continually surprise us as the story develops. By the final act we begin to suspect where this story is heading, but Wheatley and his cast have plenty of surprises up their sleeves. And both Oram and Lowe deliver performances that are perfectly balanced between realism and farce, generating honest chemistry that makes their journey eerily moving. We might not be able to stomach their grisly killing spree, but we like them and hope they end their holiday with some good memories.

Rich Cline

Cast & Crew

Director :

Producer : Claire Jones, , Andrew Starke

Starring : , , , Richard Glover, Richard Lumsden, , , Kenneth Hadley

Subscribe Alice Lowe


Lee Adams's picture

Lee Adams

This film looks terrific, I really enjoyed Kill List

1 year 11 months ago
View Comments

Sightseers Rating

" Extraordinary "

Rating: 15, 2012


More Alice Lowe

Locke Trailer

Ivan Locke could well be the model of a perfect life with his beautiful family, comfortable life and a job that is only continuing to...

The Ten Best Films of 2012

A range of intelligent blockbusters, inventive foreign films and beautifully crafted storytelling made 2012 a good year at the cinema...1. Life Of PiAng Lee's clever,...


Is Ben Wheatley's Sightseers the Best British Movie of the Year?

Ben Wheatley, the film director whose previous movies Down Terrace and Kill List have established him a key figure in British filmmaking, is back with...

Sightseers Trailer

Chris is determined to show his girlfriend Tina more of the wonderful counties of England and tear her away from her over-protective mother who she...

Sightseers Movie Review

Even by Ben Wheatley's genre-busting standards, this film is a triumph, centring on comedy and romance in a road movie about two violent serial killers....