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[It] seems to exist only to answer the unasked question "What would "I Spit on Your Grave" have been like if the main character had been Martha Stewart?"
Mikati never settles on whether he's steering an identity crisis drama or an exploitative vengeance fantasy.
For most of the way, "Return to Sender" merges creepy and sexy to good effect, thanks to a close-to-the-vest performance by Rosamund Pike, the missing wife of "Gone Girl."
Pike phones in a reprise of her Oscar-nominated "Gone Girl" performance, complete with brittle perfection and a loose screw.
Even with the dramatic buildup, Mikati hesitates to make Return to Sender an all-out revenge fantasy, and the characters are too sketchy for an effective psychological thriller.
Rosamund Pike deserves better than this queasy exploitation pic, which plays as a belated dry run for "Gone Girl."
Return to Sender is an equally repulsive and dreadful movie that deserves to be more than spoiled -- it should be murdered, buried, and never discussed again.
The audience, though, will surely guess the twist which is coming.
Whilst there's probably not enough story here to warrant the film's admittedly short running time, when it reaches its heightened emotional ending, you have to hand it to screenwriters Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett for trying something different.
Her performance makes this film digestible, but also makes us yearn for her to receive better roles in the future.
... a slow-burn female payback thriller in the tradition of Siegel's 'Beguiled' and Miike's masterful 'Audition' ... definitely deserved better than being summarily shipped to Vido-on-Demand Land.
the filmmakers keep the film's narrative trajectory purposefully muddy, which has the potential to create real intrigue-if you go into the film fully blind
The concept for this film is a little bazaar. All the acting outside of Pike's character is pretty bad. The film is even boring at times and has some unnecessary and unexplained elements.
I enjoyed this. If you enjoyed Gone Girl then this will be right up your street. A great performance from Rosamund Pike that leaves you a lot to think about when it's over.
A darkly tempting movie, with Rosamund Pike drawing you in. But in the end you might want to return the dvd!
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