Brief Reunion (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Brief Reunion
A movie like this should be a tightening noose as your anxiety for the main character keeps rising. Aaron is charmless, self-absorbed and perception-free.
Efficiently told and features solid performances, but without the juicy character detail, vise-grip suspense or black comic intensity of its memorable forerunners, it unwinds as a boilerplate genre item.
The juicy dramatic possibilities of buried secrets and lies and cybertrickery are left unexplored. The movie's shade of noir is a dull gray.
The film's failure to raise the temperature gradually leaves viewers less involved than we should be.
Audience Reviews for Brief Reunion
This is an intelligent adult thriller. Clever, engrossing, well paced, beautifully filmed, artfully crafted, and thoroughly entertaining! Every scene and every frame had purpose and meaning. The New England scenery is just downright gorgeous! The actors brought the characters to life and made them quite relateable. You either know, or are, one of these people, and, can easily identify with the emotions they are feeling, and the difficult choices that they are forced to make. I really enjoyed this movie. Don't miss an opportunity to see a film that challenges your beliefs, makes you question your values, and compliments your intelligence. Well worth the time and ticket!
The stunning time-lapse shots of mountain ranges and misty rivers set just the right tone for this tense film - a beautiful-yet-creepy atmosphere that takes us from bucolic ideals - a kayak on a river, a farmhouse in a field - to nightmarish drives through dark woods on dirt roads. Well-cast and well-acted, these characters are familiar - Teddy is that creepy guy that we all knew in college, the friend-of-a-friend who just wouldn't go away.
The juxtaposition of the gorgeous scenery and dark plot heightened my appreciation for "Brief Reunion." It reminded me of the best of Russian literature: the focus is not so much on the crime as on the psychological ramifications of our choices. Do we, in the end, achieve any expiation for our sins, or do we simply disappear?
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