The Borderlands (2013)

logoDirector: Elliot Goldner

Writer: Elliot Goldner (Screenplay)

Starring: Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle


Plot: When a small village claims its church is home to a miracle a group of investigators from the Vatican come in to look into things. We have Mark (McArdle) a by the book priest, Deacon (Kennedy) a priest with a haunted past who likes to get to the bottom of every little clue and tech guy Gray (Hill) who doesn’t have faith. As the investigation continues strange things start to happen, but can they get to the bottom of it before it is too late.


Verdict: Religious Found Footage


Story: The words ‘Found Footage’ send shivers down some spines as we know we are going to come up against something that implies that everyone will die. We also know we will be looking at a lot of talking, shaky cameras and near misses of any action. This follows the same rules to the book creating nothing new for the genre. Going into spoiler area here but just how is this footage found with that ending? This is my biggest issue, to an ending I didn’t mind and thought was interesting for the story. If you can sit through the traditional found footage stereotypes you will get some reward from the ending, but it is nothing ground breaking. (5/10)


Actor Reviews


Gordon Kennedy: Deacon the priest with a troubled past which still haunts him, forcing him to be distant and take rash decisions. Deacon is the most likeable of the cast as he is will to say anything as it is without disrespecting the mis-belief. Out of the three leads he is bar far the best performer. (7/10)


Robin Hill: Gray the loud mouth tech guy who runs his mouth too much, is very disrespectful and clearly well out his depth. He is the character you will dislike the most. Ok performance but tries too hard to be different from the rest. (4/10)


Aidan McArdle: Mark the lead on the investigation who turns up late and wants to do everything by the book causing some friction between the other two. He is happy with his conclusion of the events but has to go back for one more visit to conclude Deacon Ideas. Good standard performance. (5/10)


Director Review: Elliot Goldner – With the twist at the end the film does get some shock value but the build-up is very slow. (6/10)


Horror: It is not that scary and the only bits that are remotely scary are so dark and shaky you miss the jump. (3/10)

Settings: Excellent setting for the film creating real isolation and traditional beliefs. (9/10)
Special Effects
: We don’t have many special effects but the ones in the conclusion are very good. (6/10)

Suggestion: This is one to be watching if you are up late one night and it is on, I wouldn’t go out of my way to see this unless I was a diehard Found Footage fan. (Late Night TV)


Best Part: The Twist Ending

Worst Part: Slow Build

Scariest Scene: Deacon lone trip.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Don’t Lose Your Way.


Overall: Missing Scares but Killer Twist

Rating 50

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