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The Returnis a drowsy, mildly creepy and unexpectedly well-crafted supernatural thriller that lays off the cheap thrill and gore factor in favor of the slow build up to fright and a twist ending that, while effective, may hit viewers as mostly out of left field.The Sixth Senseit ain't, but there's enough texture, style and ladled-on art direction to keep the eeriness palpable even through some of the more labored dialogue and plot contrivances. A chocolate-haired Sarah Michelle Gellar (what was wrong with her natural goldilocks?) plays Joanna Mills, some sort of traveling sales rep in a big pickup truck who journeys from her nightmare-disturbed life in St. Louis back to a small town in Texas that she sort-of remembers. Demons from the girlhood she once knew there come fiendishly together in a mishmash of flashbacks and present-day creep-outs involving murder, self-mutilation and spirits that have haunted her more than she knows. Gellar has become a go-to for glossy Hollywood horrorshows like this, thanks to her work in theGrudgefranchise and the remnants of our memories from herBuffyglory days. In spite of the handful of slipshod faults in story and directorial force, she holds her own against the vibrantly dilapidated set decorations along with a variety of other equally important characters. There's a creepy ex-boyfriend, a disgusting being stalking a phantom woman she recognizes from her psychosis-induced visions, and a hunky guy who's facing down mysteries from his own past. (Do they all intersect? Hmmm...) She even stands her ground against Sam Shepard, who is all but slumming it in his few scenes as her dad. He talks about an incident that forever changed her when she was 11 years old, but his weird allusions are as enigmatic as the film itself, which desperately wants to be better than it is. ButThe Returnstill carries its share of respectable fears that are made scarier by the effectively edited string of spooky noises and images. Together they add up to make a worthy entrant in the genre of understated ghost story.--Ted Fry
complete nonesense i cant beleive i paid ten bucks to see this in theaters. there was no story what so ever. no plot. there wasnt even a villian in the story, just Buffy running away from fear. oh wow, how scary. if you want to waste 90 minutes of your life, this film is the perfect way to do it.
We RETURNED this movie to the local Blockbuster right away after finishing it We RETURNED this movie to the local Blockbuster right away after finishing it even though we could have kept it for 2 days. It's very slow, not suspenseful at all. The main character kept mutilating herself and saw strange people/ghosts. In spite of that, we never felt scared or related to her. We did felt asleep during the movie.
We do like atmospheric horror like the Grudge or the Ring but this one is nothing like that. It's very bad B movie. What a waste of money! From now on, we won't rent any B movie any more.Director Asif Kapadia tries too much This is not a horror movie. Director Asif Kapadia has created a suspense movie that contains many scenes which show the ground and dirt roads instead of the good cast of actors that he could have used to make a more enjoyable action packed movie.
Right away, I wanted to see this movie because Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in it. That fact alone is worth one star. On the positive side, the actors in this movie a very good. Gellar plays a salesperson who visits Texas and suddenly becomes overwhelmed with visions about a murdered woman. The spirit of this murdered woman seems to manifest itself within Gellar's visions. On the negative side, the movie fails to actually "show" the spirit. In addition, there are many unecessary long dull scenes which should not have been included in the movie. Director Asif Kapadia tries too much to build suspense but fails to ever "shock" the audience with any surprises during the movie. The DVD itself does offer some alternate scenes that were deleted and it also offers a rather interesting alternate ending. During most of this movie, the camera would languish and focus on the ground or a road for what seems to be minutes at a time. Then, nothing. No surprises, no shocks. This movie is very, very, dull. I believe the director tries to emulate some Japenese horror movies which tend to have a "dream like" setting, but, unfortunately, Asif Kapadia spends too much time shooting dull and boring camera angles and not nearly enough time shooting the exciting scenes that made Sarah Michelle Gellar popular in the first place. In conclusion, the actors are great. However, the writers and director Asif Kapadia fail miserably to deliver enough action in this movie. I rate this movie three stars only because Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in it and due to the supporting cast. Basically, this is a movie with good actors and a so-so director who does not not create enough suspense and action to keep most of the viewing audience interested. Aside from the good actors, especially Gellar (aka Buffy the Vampire Slayer) this movie is very dull.