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|The Return |
Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sam Shepard, J.C. MacKenzie, Adam Scott, Kate Beahan
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Grudge) stars in this shocking, non-stop supernatural thriller unlike anything you've ever experienced before. Joanna Mills (Gellar) is haunted by increasingly terrifying visions where she can se... more »
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Donna W. from SUGAR GROVE, NC
Reviewed on 10/12/2008...
This was overall a good movie, however in the beginning it is hard to follow and I couldn't understand all what was taking place.
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THE RETURN DELIVERS THE GOODS
Deidra Cox | Garrett, KY | 06/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE RETURN is a supernatural chiller, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, that is surprisingly effective!! The film opens at night with a little girl and her father (Sam Shepard) at a carnvial, where he quickly loses her and she hides from a mysterious menacing ponytailed man who calls her "Sunshine". I've always found carnivals creepy at night, just a personal creep factor of mine.
Fastforward to the present. Joannna is an upwardly mobile adult in sales, constantly on the road and the fast track to success. She makes a business trip in another city and sees an old friend. While there, she has a series of strange visions and blacks out. Her friend finds her later, passed out on the bathroom floor with a large self-inflicted wound on her forearm.
While trying to make sense of this disturbing behavior and the visions, Joanna ends up in La Salle, Texas. In La Salle, she finds the same buildings and places that she has already seen in her visions, giving her an unsettling sense of deja vu.
I won't reveal anymore, but THE RETURN is well worth your time. It is 90 minutes of suspense, the supernatural and ultimately, a ghostly love story that defies time. The theatical ending was good, but check out the alternate ending on the DVD special features. It made everything so much more crystal clear and I think that the film would've been so much more successful if Hollywood higher ups would used that ending instead of the one they did.
But still, watch THE RETURN. It's well worth your time!!!"
Sara | United States | 06/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I opened the DVD box, I noticed there were no inserts, so my first thought was, "Oh, this is definitely going to be a B movie." Also, it's hard to see Sarah Michele Gellar and not think of "Buffy," even if she's died her hair brown; however, her character was very un-Buffy-like. I knew from the outset that this would be more of a psychological thriller (which I love) than a gory or scary movie, so I was right in that assumption. I spent most of the time trying to figure out what the plot twist would be. I didn't figure out the exact ending, but I was pleasantly surprised. I have seen one or two movies with similar plots like this before, but they are rare. They never spelled out the terminology, but these days, the "reincarnation" is actually termed a "walk-in" soul, in case anyone cares. I find this a fascinating topic after my own near-death experience years ago, which left me changed (to say the least). Anyway, I don't want to give away the ending, but this movie will stick in your mind. It's not scary; it just makes you think."
Korean feel gives The Return an edge
Quinny | London | 05/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Return is an effectively suspenseful psychological thriller and not the standard type of horror movie that the trailer implies. It has the feel of Korean cinema with small-town overtones, which add to the overall vibe. Many reviews have complained that there are'nt any jump scares and the story evolves slowly, but that makes the uneasiness all the more effective. Please don't let the misleading trailer cloud your judgement. Immerse yourself in the story and you'll appreciate this film. The cast do a great job, especially Sarah Michelle Gellar who, as always gives a believability to the character of Joanna and creates a vulnerable person that can be easily empathised with. A movie that should be seen more than once and that, in time, will be given the accolades that it deserves"