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Adrien Brody remains a compelling presence, but those contemplating a screening of this muddled paranormal thriller are advised to Backtrack immediately.



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Psychologist Peter Bower's life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right. Backtrack is a spine-chilling ghost story from the acclaimed writer-director, Michael Petroni.


Adrien Brody
as Peter Bower
Sam Neill
as Duncan Steward
George Shevtsov
as William Bower
Robin McLeavy
as Barbara Henning
Chloe Bayliss
as Elizabeth Valentine
Bruce Spence
as Felix Matthers
Jenni Baird
as Carol Bower
Anna Lise Phillips
as Erica George
Emma O'Farrell
as Evie Bower
Jesse Hyde
as Young Peter
Alexander McGuire
as Young Barry
Michael Whalley
as Constable Samuels
Matthew Sunderland
as Steve, Barry's Brother
Jill McKay
as Patient #4
Barbara Gouskos
as Patient #3
Greg Poppleton
as Patient #2
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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (28)

  • Backtrack has a classy, downcast aesthetic that feels a bit like an old piece of furniture melted down and turned into celluloid, or a film infused with the fabric of a chesterfield.

    Jun 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Along with excellent work by cinematographer Stefan Duscio and composer Dale Cornelius, Petroni elicits sharp performances from his estimable cast, especially Adrien Brody.

    Feb 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Fright fans more interested in thematic depth than visceral thrills may appreciate what writer-director Michael Petroni attempts, but even they'd likely admit there's not much to savor.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The film is part psychological thriller, part horror movie, and the horror elements deliver some solid frights. Mr. Brody isn't asked to stretch much, but he does his usual thing adroitly.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A movie that tries to make a choo-choo out of "The Sixth Sense" but immediately goes off the rails.

    Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Brody does his best, and that initial idea - of a shrink seeing spooks - is fun, even if it's awfully familiar. But the movie really doesn't stand up to further analysis.

    Feb 24, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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