Looking to escape a recent family tragedy, Gillian decides to take a summer job at Camp Kaya, even though she’s still on medication and prone to nightmares. Every new counselor and Camp Kaya is required to do a 2 day “solo” camping trip to demonstrate their survival skill qualifications. The two days are spent on a scenic island across the lake where a young camper was said to have gone missing decades ago. Though initially confident in her camping skills and looking forward to spending a little time by herself, Gillian soon discovers she is far from alone on the island when a helpful stranger and the camp director’s son both appear. An unsettling discovery soon leads them down a dark path and Gillian must figure out who to trust in order to get off the island alive.

It’s nice to see a bit of homegrown classic horror, what better way to showcase Canada’s natural wonders than with a psycho-in-the-wilderness movie? Solo isn’t free from flimsy plot points, but overall holds your attention from scene to scene, overall it maintains a suitable amount of suspense. Casting Annie Clark as the film heroine Gillian was by far director Isaac Cravit’s best decision. Clark is a beautiful young woman with a very healthy body image. Her physical appearance and the character’s complexity – Gillian displays humanity, compassion, ruthlessness, bravery, and vulnerability, combine to make her a fantastic protagonist and role model that audiences can root for. Budgetary constraints likely attributed the characters circling the same camp site on what appears to be a large island, but focus on the ominous score vs diegetic sound, and physical struggle instead of gushy flesh wounds provides a dimension of realism in its own way.