Wish You Were Here (2013)
Critic Consensus: Smart, slick, and thrilling, Wish You Were Here benefits from a compelling mystery at the center of its tightly wound plot, as well as strong performances from a cast that includes Joel Edgerton.
Kieran Darcy-Smith's feature debut is a calmly devastating exploration of how one misjudged moment in life has the potential to cause everything to fall to pieces. Dave (Joel Edgerton) reluctantly travels to Cambodia with his pregnant wife (co-writer Felicity Price) and her younger sister and new boyfriend, and after a night of partying the boyfriend disappears without a trace. The others are left to return to their lives, each bearing differing degrees of knowledge about what happened. Delivering doses of information bit by bit, the film's meticulously edited, nonlinear disclosure of events is transfixing-as are the superb performances. (c) eOne … More
|Rating:||R (for language, some drug content, brief sexuality and violence)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Drama|
|Directed By:||Kieran Darcy-Smith|
|Written By:||Kieran Darcy-Smith, Felicity Price|
|In Theaters:||Jun 7, 2013 Limited|
|On DVD:||Sep 10, 2013|
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Critic Reviews for Wish You Were Here
An Australian mystery-thriller dominated by Joel Edgerton's fearless performance as a compromised married man.
Wish You Were Here is an excellent idea for a State Department video, to remind travelers the obvious things not to do when visiting an unfamiliar country. As a drama, it feels a little empty.
The mysteries unravel at a steady pace and the dialogue and acting feel naturalistic, adding up to a taut and progressively tangled portrait of familial relations.
A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.
Audience Reviews for Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here has a fascinating mystery at the core of the plot and keeps you engaged throughout thanks to good acting and gorgeous locales, but the slow pace makes it a little tougher to enjoy. The eventual reveal is also way simpler than the movie makes it out to be throughout the 90 minute run time and although it isn't entirely disappointing, it is a little lackluster. I was expecting a little more I guess. This is still totally worth watching though because it is well made and smarter than the average drama/thriller. Just don't expect the twists to blow your socks off. This film is more of a slow burner.
'Wish You Were Here'. Suspenseful, extremely tense, and two powerful performances by Joel Edgerton [and especially] Felicity Price.
I was sold from the opening credits, with its colourful montage of Cambodia, oh-so-right music, and beautifully subtle, faded in title. One of the best openings I've seen in ages!
Then there's that car crash. It's really a measure of how much I'd invested, and the film had got me to invest in Felicity Price's Alice by this point. The dread of her getting pulled up by the police, the relief that she's got away with something, been given a chance after realising what she'd done, and then, before you know it, I suddenly braced myself, ducked my head, and felt the full impact of that crash, without even seeing it happen.
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