The Return details
|Starring:||Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sam Shepard, Darrian McClanahan, J.C. MacKenzie|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 May 2007|
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The Return.. I won't be going back...By PaulaWestwood (397 reviews) from Ashton-Under-Lyne , 24 Jan 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]This really looked the deal, the previews set it up to be a fast paced, interesting thriller. It was a slow dirge that had some interest at the end to explain it all, but took a highway to nowhere getting there. I dont want to burst the bubble too much, as I am sure some will fairly enjoy this, but it was pretty tame, no shocks, no surprises, and very laborious to watch. Normally I don't mind S.M. Gellar too much, but in this she is pretty expressionless and I would rather see Uri Gellar. All in all I could not forgive myself if I reccomended this - and though its not a total waste of time, I would pass it over for something more interesting.
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I wouldnt ReturnBy Alan Edwards from Croydon, Surrey, England , 07 Aug 2009This film doesnt have enough in it for me to recommend horror fans renting it. It was paint by number scares (the worst kind) and lacked any form of originality. Give it a miss
Ok film...By KB13 (44 reviews) from Aberdeen , 01 Jun 2009Not sure what to say about this film but it was ok. Storyline was quite good, didnt really know what was happening till the end. Couldnt of been that bad because it ended up in my dvd collection. A couple jumpy bits which still make me jump to this day even though i now they are coming. Worth a watch i guess but dont make it top priority...
the returnBy a customer from Derby , 04 May 2009well not as good as i thought it was gonna be but was good......it had a good story line but the ending was a bit crappo
The ReturnBy tanssy (3 reviews) from Forres , 12 Mar 2009Fell asleep watchin this film So Boring !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A superior contemporary horror-mysteryBy JHawk (102 reviews) from Edinburgh, Scotland , 17 Feb 2009It's hard to know whether the presence of Sarah Michelle Gellar detracted from the superior quality of this film when it came to punters stumping up cash; whether audiences expected another gloopy horror in the vein of The Grudge - after all, Gellar is synonymous with a more mainstream horror than that of The Return. Whatever the reason, this film disappeared quickly from the multiplex. A shame for sure, as it deserved to do far better.
Brit director Asif Kapidia made his Hollywood debut with this film, on the back of his Bafta nominated first film, The Warrior. The Return is a taut small-scale mystery drama, with overtones of a more sinister horror. What initially seems to be a potentially standard horror film reveals itself to be something far more complex and satisfying.
A tight lean script is given the direction it deserves - visually this film is economically stylish, and at 81 minutes (including credits) not a shot or a scene is wasted.
Gellar is excellent as the troubled heroine seeking answers to her strange visions, Sam Shepard is quietly reliable in the small role of Gellar's father, whilst Peter O'Brien (that's Shane Ramsay from Neighbours...) is outstanding as the mysterious stranger upon whom the entire heart-wrending plot seems to hinge.
This is a hidden gem of a movie, an enjoyably entertaining film, that is awesome and damn enjoyable in equal parts - in short, give it a chance.