(This review may contain spoilers).
So… when I told my brother and sister I was going to see this movie, both of them responded with, ‘He deserves it.’ To a certain extent, I would agree. Cheating on your other half is wrong. No excuse.
At the same time… Bell and Genesis were really creepy. The movie started out as fairly idyllic, but of course, from the advert, it’s clear things go very quickly sour.
Considering the high rating of this movie, the violence is actually fairly tame. The more disturbing scenes come from the references to sex… and especially to childhood abuse.
There was a lot of potential to have the main ‘villains’ be more well-rounded. Unfortunately, I personally felt that the character background wasn’t explored as well as it could have been. I wanted to better understand the motives of the two girls, though it was interesting to see them change so drastically from how they originally interacted with Evan.
I did like being able to see Evan with his wife and children and have more than a brief glimpse into their life together.
It was interesting to see that Bell was the same nationality as Karen. I was half-expecting the film to do something with that… maybe add in a twist. But I felt that there were a lot of things that were left without a true explanation. Although I know it is difficult to cram so much detail into a fairly short film… it’s the little things that are more likely to make me care about the characters.
I did like Lewis, from what little I saw of him. There was one scene that had the potential to be a bit amusing, but was less so given what happened after that.
I did feel that this movie was missing something. Part of me felt like a lot of the plot was more for shock value than something for the thriller genre. There were a few tense scenes, but not as many as I think a film like this should have had. The cast was good and I especially felt the actresses playing the two girls were good at playing different versions of their characters. But I don’t think this film is one I will watch again.