Backtrack. A great premise, a great setting, and a great cast should have made this one a Supernatural Thriller that had us on the edge of our seats throughout... but it wasn't, and we weren't.
It all felt like a safe, paint-by-numbers Thriller, which made it fairly predictable. It also held our attention until the end, so maybe we just missed something?
Or maybe, and far more probably, it was the movie that was missing something. Like intensity, or terror.
Yeah, that's it.
Exactly what you'd expect to happen from here on out ensues.
|WHY CANT GHOSTS JUST SAY WHAT THEY WANT FROM THE LIVING, INSTEAD OF BEING ALL AMBIGUOUS ABOUT IT?|
As intriguing as we did find the story though, Backtrack is a movie that didn't really play with our emotions all that much, mainly because it was hard to build much sympathy for Peter, and I'm honestly not sure why either. Adrien Brody did a fine job with the character, and the story had plenty of emotional beats throughout, but they just didn't grab ahold of us like they could have.
It also wasn't very scary. Intriguing and intense at times, but not scary at all.
|THERE SHE GOES AGAIN, ON HER OWN...|
The bright spot in the cast was Robin McLeavy. She's a great actress, and it's a shame that she didn't show up till the latter half of the movie, because she could have added a lot to its early going.
|WHY ARE WE EVEN IN THIS MOVIE, MATE?|
|YEAH, IT WAS A ROUGH ONE FOR US TOO.|
You could do worse than to rent this one, but you could also do much better.
Backtrack is available now exclusively on DirecTV, and will hit other VOD platforms on 2/26.
Robin McLeavy? More like Robin McLovely, am I right?