The Twist at the River: Deliverance movie essay #1

Deliverance is a 40-year-old movie that was very popular at that time. It was a classic movie that tells the journey of four city people to Aintry to save it from flooding due to a dam being built. The names of the quad are Lewis, Bobby, Ed, and Drew. Lewis is an experienced outdoorsman, Ed a veteran, and Bobby and Drew novices. Together they try to raft the deadly Cahulawassee river and must avoid confrontation with the hillbillies. I know this movie is worth watching, but the turn happens during the middle part. It is when Bobby and Ed wait for Lewis and Drew to arrive. While they’re waiting, they encounter two hillbillies and they start to sexually attack them. Luckily for the doomed duo, the other duo happens to see the incident. Lewis, aiming the arrow at the hillbilly, shoots and kills him. Then the group promised never to talk about the incident ever again.

The adventure continues as the quad canoe downstream. Suddenly, Drew gets shot on the head and falls into the river. The others then lose control and falls into the river as well. Lewis breaks his femur and Bobby and Ed get stranded. As we are dragged deeper into the suspense of this movie, Lewis believes that Drew was shot by the toothless hillbilly, and he’s after them! Ed responds by going and trying to kill the hillbilly. He aims at the hillbilly, but he slipped and the arrow hits him instead. Then the hillbilly aims his shotgun at Ed, but misfires and collapses, solidifying the fact that Ed in fact killed the hillbilly after all. After all these horrifying moments, the trio canoe downstream, and catch glimpse of Drew’s dead body. Ed and the trio weigh Drew’s body down the river, and continued to canoe to Aintry.

From this synopsis, it is clear that the adventures of the four city people suddenly transformed from a peaceful canoe trip to an all-blown nightmare. We see in the final scene as Ed had a bad dream about a dead hand rising from the lake, which is speculated to be Drew’s. From this information, we see that the death of Drew left a psychological gash on Ed’s mind. Consequently, the turning point in this movie is in fact the death of Drew.


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