Spoiler Free Opinion and my First Review (by jonvansickle-227-428631)
When it comes to movies, I try to steer clear of anything romantic or too heavy on action. You wont find me watching movies like The Notebook nor will I begin to navigate the repertoire that is Steven Seagal's Straight-to-Video library. I like movies that I can tell had thought put into their script, had characters with some to a lot of depth, and a run-time that didn't drag on.Now that my "disclaimer" is there, I will say this movie touched on what I tend to enjoy most in movies - mystery, leads with chemistry, and believable characters. One of the characters in the movie, <more>
I won't say which, borders on the element of believable but still kept my interest.The story is about David and his search to find his missing girlfriend Claire. What begins as a run of the mill girl-gone-missing story, turns into a thrilling mystery pretty quickly and David soon begins a deeper journey into finding out just what happened to the love of his life. There is plenty of action to keep most guys interested, whereas the relationship expressed in flashbacks, mostly to keep any girl interested. It keeps an even pace of action/flashbacks to unfold a journey of one man's quest for the truth.It raises questions of "What causes a woman, without any problems or fights, to disappear without a single trace initially . How well do we really know the person we share a bed with every night?" I've rated plenty of movies before, but again, my first review so I hope I captured a spoiler free look. I would've gladly paid to have seen it in theaters as someone who makes 2 trips a week to the local theater .
An original and suspenseful thriller with a bittersweet ending. (by dandxchen)
I will start by being honest and saying that initially, the ending felt like a disappointment, almost like the entire film had built me up for an amazing ending that I never received. There were so many ideas swimming in my head throughout watching from the get go, yet this movie chose to take a seemingly obvious ending and evoke a delayed sense of shock shortly after the credits started to roll. It has only been in the hours after watching the whole movie that the intentions of the Director had most probably planned on how it would leave the viewer feeling kicked in and boy, I've been so <more>
emotional since.Without spoiling anything as I truly believe that this movie is nothing like most in its genre and hope that you give it a chance, the insidious way it succumbs you to replay the events that took place including the flash backs which provide tiny yet crucial pieces of information that explain the dynamics between this starstruck couple from the first scene causes everything to slowly and almost weightlessly settle into place; leaving you feeling quite forlorn and overwhelmed by the journey of emotions experienced by this "Romeo & Juliet" couple.As much as I initially felt and honestly still do after watching this movie that there were lots of questions that viewers were compelled to raise about Claire's past that remain unanswered and this would almost ALWAYS frustrate me with other movies, it really didn't matter.I do not feel like I NEEDED tohave the answers. Why? Well, for starters the acting by all of the cast was amazing with Anabelle Willis giving a performance that equalled her being Grace in Peaky Blinders , with all actors showing you how the job is done properly, with little effort in being so convincing. You always know when an actor is phenomenal when they continue acting despite the camera not being focused on them/ All of Anabelle's tiny gestures, body language and subtle hints that she was hiding things from the guy whose heart belonged to her were what perfected her already flawless performance. She is one of the best and natural born actresses I have seen.No, it's not as action packed and CGI crammed as other popular movies; the violence is as graphic as it needs to be, the script is marvellous and the dynamic between the cast doesn't feel false.But this movie succeeds in sneakily drawing you in, hook line and sinker.It doesn't need to try too hard to achieve the desired impact on the viewer and it is most certainly a prime example of less being more.Its ending stabs you in the heart with the stealth and severity of a murderous shadow holding a Valyrian steel knife, killing you softly.A standing ovation to the Director, Cast and all who were involved in making this movie. This is a piece of art to be proud of.
This is a well crafted movie with a solid cast of players. Yes there is alot of gunfire and other types of mayhem but primarily it's about love. Love lost then found again. The ending will most likely will tug at your heart.
Barber's barber, Writer's Writer, Return of Jimmy Stewart (by A_Different_Drummer)
Enjoyable, engaging, captivating, suspense film.But of course you did not take the time to look at this review to find out the obvious. You want to know more.So here we go: Writer/Director Zack Whedon comes from a family where, instead of teaching the boys how to play ball or change a sparkplug, the parents taught their kids how to tell a story. More on this can can found on the web. The first breakout star from the siblings was Joss. Joss as in Buffy, Serenity, Cabin In the Woods, the Marvel Library and, for all I know, Genesis and Deuteronomy too.So, my point, when looking at a Whedon <more>
film, if you want to look beyond simple entertainment value, you need to look for "influences." And this one is clear. Except for the last 2 minutes, this effort is the closest thing I have seen to an Alfred Hitchcock "Jimmy Stewart" story in over a half century.Hitch understood completely - a lesson lost on most modern auteurs, young Whedon notwithstanding -- that the essence of suspense is to layer over it a romantic entanglement so as to get double the kick from the very same arc. All his films were structured this way.It is a trick that very few have tried to imitate in this era but it works here, and works brilliantly. By the time the viewer realizes this is not a rom-com or relationship movie, this something else entirely, the trap is already baited and the hook is set.Add to that some odd tricks with time juxtaposition most of which work well, but not all of them and you have a very engaging thriller.Recommended.
I watched a lot of so la la 2016 movies and didn't know anything about this one. Right from the start I was hooked. The perspective is from that average joe who gets himself deeper and deeper into a mystery and conspiracy. I was thinking about what happens next to him and how he manages to service the next scene. Yes the story was weired, but again it is from the actions of a none- professional. I loved it when he took the time to paint the car windows just to get informed by his "victim": nobody can look in, but you can't look out. Aaron face when he realized his well <more>
planned plan you went south was great! The ending was fantastic reminded me of Butch and Cassidy. Great Movie!
A decent mystery crime drama. Very underrated. A big star in a modest film. Story is digging a gem that no action movie did before this deep. Well directed. Minor and acceptable logical errors in the script. Good directing of photography. Music is good enough. Gives the tension to audience and It doesn't come front of the movie. Hoolywood must understand this and have a look at good examples like "Anthropoid" 2016 . Casting is OK but Aaron Paul seems a little bit heavy considering rest of the cast. Annabelle Wallis is not the best casting choice but her body language makes her <more>
so believable when we need it. Duration of film is approx two hours long but you won't notice. Because the directing and editing is clean, simple and fluent. Should be rated between 6.5 - 7.0
What do you call Zach Whedon's little gem of a film? It's part romance, part mystery, and part thriller, and all good and intriguing. It's not a loud film, despite the action sequences; it has nuance, and lovely touches in the Aaron Paul David and Annabelle Wallis Claire relationship. The film begins with a misdirection, actually a long-standing motif with David and Claire, which creates tension from the get-go and almost a quality of premonition for the rest of the film. I never watched Breaking Bad but was impressed by how good Aaron Paul's Everyman was, doggedly putting <more>
himself though Hell to find an answer when something happens to Claire. I was equally impressed with how Whedon took David from a Naif out of his element to a little more savvy the deeper he dug, trying to find information along the way on his quasi-detective journey. Nice acting from everyone involved. You will probably recognize a few actors you've seen before in film and television.True love WILL make you do the wacky. I really enjoyed this film.
I watch hundreds of movies, not for a living but for enjoyment. I bumped in to this one although Aaron Paul was a definite attraction. The reason I do not write reviews is that it is too much hassle to log in, write and stuff. Amazon does not make it easy although IMDb kinda runs on user reviews. I really don't understand why they have to be suck donkeys about it but each to his own. Anyway, back to the film. While I found the plot to be convoluted enough at times and simple at others, the whole enterprise is kinda lost in the various layers, and a layer too many in my opinion. The film <more>
started slow, had a few nice touches but it stayed slow, sometimes painfully so, without getting far. I see people gushing over the Whedon clan but what was young Zach thinking when he put that one layer too many of suspense? I must be the only one who did not get the entire picture, like what was Claire's deal? What happened to the millionaire guy? What was the deal with the Russians besides causing some stereotypical bad guy stuff? Why was the detective so insignificant in the story. Who were the guys and the one with bullets in leg and what was their deal with the Govt. Suspense is great, and suspenseful it was to the end. I am still in suspense. What were everyone fighting over? What about the Black guy? And would Aaron Paul finally learn how to use a gun besides having it wrested away from him at half an opportunity? So many questions. So few answered. Was that the idea? Hope no one is thinking of a sequel, or a franchise. Disappearing girlfriends gone bad is not a new concept. 'Gone Girl' aced the idea, but Gillian Flynn is a superior story teller and this dude is not. Still, the acting is good. Aaron Paul gets a 8/10 although it is hard to see him as someone relying on basic hardware store stuff like a hammer when Breaking Bad looms large in his face. The woman playing Claire, pleasing to the eyes in a understated way but this won't get her name recognition any higher. She came as a nobody and left as one although the acting was decent. In the end, it is as pleasing as a bottle of cheap Bourbon..numbs you, in a pleasant way but does not give you the enjoyment. In the film's defense, nothing was promised, so it did not fail. But shame for not taking it to a notch higher where it could easily been were the film-maker for a moment thought that idiot is not the new smart. Overall, deeply disappointing although I gave it a 8/10, but mostly for Aaron Paul and the fluid camera work. I mean, seriously, what was the deal with the dead banker guy and his terminally constipated widow?