Description from Netflix:
After mysteriously losing her dog one evening, a Los Angeles barista questions her commitment to living in the city and decides to get out. But when her going-away party takes an odd turn, she finds that the city just might not let her go so easily.
What I liked:
1. The acting was stellar. I believe everyone involved had limited acting experience, yet they were all terrific. For a slow movie to work, I have to feel invested in the characters, and it succeeded in doing that with some great acting.
2. The sense of paranoia and dread that slowly built throughout the movie. There was one particular scene in which Suziey was walking down a road at night and was being followed by a car. It was a long scene, but it was effective. That was when the movie really seemed like it started to pick up.
3. The ending. The last 20 minutes of this movie were terrific. All of the paranoia and dread came to a head in terrifying and stressful fashion. What had been a look inside the mind of a woman hitting a quarter-life crisis in a big city became a living, breathing nightmare for her and her friends. This is when the movie turned from psychological thriller to slasher/home invasion. The last 10 minutes or so is basically one unbroken shot, where the actress (Suziey Block) was actually tied up to make it more believable. It’s a tense and horrifying end to the movie, and the final scene is absolutely chilling.
What I didn’t like:
1. It opens extremely slowly. Lots of scenes of Suziey going to work, talking to friends, and looking for her dog. Short of the dog disappearing (which we don’t even see), we’re really just watching a girl go about her daily life, while getting ready to move. It’s really boring. Beyond being really boring, it doesn’t even seem like it’s building towards anything for a long time. It was about halfway through the movie before any tension started to build. Which makes this movie feel an awful lot like Death Proof: lots of talking, not much happening. It almost lost me in the first 20 minutes. I’m glad I pushed through to the end, but, if I didn’t know there was a good ending waiting for me, I probably would have hit stop before the 30 minute mark.
To recap: set in the city. Slow start. Lots of talking about nothing in particular for long portions of time. A killer that shows up near the end and starts hacking.
Holy crap. It’s Jason Takes Manhattan.
Let’s break this down a little further:
First 60 minutes: 1/5
Last 25 minutes: 5/5