Restraint

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A pair of desperate fugitives takes a hostage whose dark past gives him a distinct advantage over his captors in this twisting thriller starring former television Tarzan Travis Fimmel. Dale and Ron foolishly thought that by taking a hostage they could increase their chances of survival, but when would-be pawn Andrew takes an unexpected liking to the criminal couple, it doesn't take long for them to realize that they may have just made a fatal mistake.

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Philip Holder
as Sgt Paul Widdens
Margie McCrae
as Mrs. Wynott
Peter Davies
as Terry Gilmore

Critic Reviews for Restraint

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Audience Reviews for Restraint

  • Oct 08, 2011
    For what appeared to be a "throw-away-thriller", Restraint is bold and unique. The cast is small, but quality over quantity prevails. Teresa Palmer is absolutely gorgeous and straddles the perfect line between ignorant hussy and obedient lover. The acting could have easily ruined this film, especially with the potential for generic criminals. However Travis Fimmel constantly sells his role. The ability of the director to keep the viewer guessing sets this film apart. So many eerie moments occur that there is always a sense of anything goes until the very last frame of the film. I am completely taken aback by how great this film, despite the very low expectations I had placed upon it.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2011
    An excellent\interesting suspesnse flick. Up there with "Funny Games" and "Open House."
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    Like many I expected just a cheap little thriller. Instead I got a very in depth character study. Each of the three protagonists are fleshed out and sometimes in subtle ways. Two lovers on the run take a man hostage in his home. The man is agoraphobic and his fiance is mysteriously absent. As the two lovers hide out, tension begins to grow as the girl feels for the hostage. It soon becomes clear that she has been dragged along in this road trip of destruction as a way to escape her life as a stripper. It doesn't help that her boyfriend has some serious psychological and rage issues. He begins getting paranoid and this paranoia drives away his girl. Soon she is needed to dress up as the hostage's fiance in order to claim his trust fund. This shows her a glimpse of the life she dreams of. I loved the way the characters gradually switched roles, each one at some point is a victim. The tension mounts and the film becomes somewhat chilling. The real horror lies with not only the characters' actions, but their mental states and how they manipulate others, whether through anger, pity, or lust. A terrific movie that grabbed me and exceeded my expectations at every turn.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2011
    Definitely did not take the turn I thought it would. I thought this was a really good movie, kept you guessing, and was entertaining. Definitely an easy watch. I personally didn't think the ending was confusing at all. I thought that it took a fantastic, and unexpected turn. A twisted little film.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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