Mamie H. (towncar1997) from TAHLEQUAH, OK Reviewed on 7/7/2010...
This is well worth watching if for nothing more than the totally unexpected twist at the end!
6 of 8 member(s) found this review helpful.
Eydie B. (erubiob) from CHANDLER, AZ Reviewed on 1/9/2010...
This is an interesting movie. I liked it. It kept me interested thru out. Worth watching!!
4 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Too bad it took Stephen Moyer from Hbo's True Blood to make
Summer | New York City | 10/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I happened to search under "True Blood", the HBO series for any items. This movie, "Restraint" came up among other items. It looked like a good thriller so I checked it out. Stephen Moyer from True Blood is in it which was why it showed up. I'm not a fan of his so that had no influence on wanting to see it. A young Australian couple, Ron and Dale are on the run from the police. Ron has just recently killed Dale's boss. They have no money and are looking for a place to hide out. They eventually find a very big secluded house. As they're searching the house for things to steal, there's one thing they don't know. The owner is in the house. The owner, Andrew (Stephen Moyer), sees Dale first and before anything is said, in comes Ron, with his shotgun, barking orders and tying Andrew up. Andrew is agoraphobic and doesn't fight back as much as one would expect. They come up with a plan, which to not ruin the movie, I'll leave out. As the movie progresses, the interaction between the three characters is intense, suspenseful and exciting. Looks and actions could be deceiving. All in all, I never expected the movie to be so good, with great acting and a storyline that kept me interested the whole time. It's too bad both actors, Travis Fimmel (Ron) and Teresa Palmer (Dale) haven't been in more movies. "
Restraint entertaining on many levels
Circe | Austin, Texas USA | 01/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie Restraint manages to entertain on many levels--it's a thriller--who will kill who? It's a pyschological play--who's got the power in each situation and who will turn it how? It's sexy--who's going to have sex with whom? And it's all well-executed. The actors are believeable and gorgeous; the cinematography beautiful and even haunting; the dialogue cutting and concise. Having said all that, it does many things well, but nothing great. It's not scary enough to appeal to the slasher crowd; it's got too much violence to appeal to the cerebral crowd; and it doesn't have enough sex to appeal on those grounds. It's just a good movie that explores the power struggles--both physical and psychological--of three people in very bizarre circumstances."
Another good Australian movie !
Dr. Metal | 02/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know what it is with those Australian's and their movies, but there must be something in the water in Australia ! Because just about every Australian movie that I've seen was good to excellent, and this one here is simply another good Australian thriller. I guess the best script writers and directors along with actors do actually reside in Australia. Anyway, this is a good suspensful thriller that is more focused around the different characters of the film. Its not your average run of the mill type of thriller, especially because there is a certain amount of character development in it which is usually missing from other thrillers. Watch it cause you won't be disappointed if you're a thriller fan."
Worth it....dark, sexy
Evelyn Schaller | Davie, FL | 12/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, I rented this because I am a Moyer fan. I was not disappointed. For 3 actors, shooting in primarily one location, it did not bore me for a minute. Excellent acting, beautiful people, nice twist. Nothing complicated. I suppose if the actors were less appealing to the eye, it might not have been as good. :) The only thing you must know, is to be sure and watch the alternate ending. I think it was much better. Just go to the special features. :) ENJOY!!"
z hayes | TX | 04/16/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was able to watch this as an instant play on a movie rental website I subscribe to, and the only reason I picked it was because Stephen Moyer of HBO's True Blood: The Complete First Season (HBO Series) and True Blood: The Complete Second Season (HBO Series)was in it. It's a little known Australian production, but proved (despite my initial misgivings) to be quite an effective thriller.
A young couple comprising a hoodlum, Ron (Travis Fimmel) and his stripper girlfriend, Dale (Teresa Palmer) end up being on the run after Ron kills a gas station clerk. The pair find an imposing big house out in the country and decide the check it out, not realizing there's an occupant in the house. The man occupying the house is an agoraphobic (someone who fears going outside) and Andrew (Stephen Moyer) is soon taken hostage by the pair. This is where the fun/thrills begin as the three play a sort of cat-and-mouse game with some psychological and sexual tension between the couple and the hostage. Andrew appears to be sexually attracted to Dale and keeps commenting on her resemblance to his fiancee Gabrielle who has apparently jilted him. Ron, as dumb as he acts, is wise to this attraction and manipulates it to serve his own ends, but there's more to Andrew than he suspects.
The tension in the drama is credibly played out and most of the movie is actually set within the house itself - there's an element of unpredictability in the 'relationship' that forms between the three, at times Ron is beating up on Andrew, at others Andrew fights back, and then there are times when all three are acting all civilized (sharing a meal, dancing happily to some vintage jazz album). It's hard for the viewer to determine what exactly Andrew's motives are, and if Ron and Dale will be content with what is promised to them. Dale as portrayed by the sexy Teresa Palmer (there's a scene where she bares her behind and breasts, but there's no graphic scenes of sex) is the object of desire for both men, and this sexual tension is also well played out.
Though this appears to be a low-budget production, my husband and I both felt the dialogue was well-written and the three main actors were credible in their roles. The only thing we felt was a letdown was the rather cliched ending, but on the whole, this is a nicely done psychological thriller."