A pair of young travellers have run away from their families, and park their caravan outside a run-down, isolated farm. Unknown to them, it's being used as a secret location for genetic experiments on cattle. But when something goes horribly wrong with the animals, and the farmer asks for their help, they suddenly discover they are in serious danger from something that is not entirely natural.
Isolation is a tense little monster movie from Ireland, which feels a bit like Alien if it was set on a dairy farm. It has a small cast of characters, cut off from civilisation, being stalked by a mostly unseen creature. It's dark and suspenseful, with a heavy sense of dread, and there are even chase sequences down claustrophobic tunnels. You do eventually get to see what's doing the attacking, but for much of the film you only catch glimpses - which makes it all the more creepy.
The gore effects are practical rather than CGI, and are really well designed. If you're a fan of goo and guts you won't be disappointed, and it reminded me of the remake of The Fly in parts. The cinematography really adds to the disturbing atmosphere, with an interesting mix of camera angles, framing, close-ups, focus, and POV shots, as well as a clever use of different lighting sources.
Ok, you could say things get a bit silly towards the end, and it isn't a perfect film. But overall I really enjoyed this. The visuals, the background sound, the performances, the story, and the atmosphere - they all drew me in and kept my attention. I admit, when I first read the plot description, I was expecting something a lot more cheesy and schlocky. I'm glad to say - I was wrong.