Deliverance remains an extremely tight and taut thriller, loaded with extremely tense sequences that put the heart straight into the mouth. Beneath that lies a film of contradictions and uncertainties. Its themes of man vs. nature and the interplay of various masculinities and their relationships with each other create a film of a subtle complexity that sticks with you longer than one might expect. It isn’t always coherent in this complexity, and there are many unanswered and potentially troubling questions, but that’s part of the fun. Add to that some superb cinematography and some good ol’ fashioned brutality, and you got yourself a very very good film.