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.
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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.
Joel Edgerton gives one of the year's strongest performances.
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.
The time you spend trying to piece together a mystery that is presented as a teasing puzzle inevitably diverts you from deeper identification with characters who are not particularly sympathetic to begin with.
Audience Reviews for Wish You Were Here
Good performances are the draw in this story that pretends to be about the wisdom of cautious vacationing while in Southeast Asia but is in fact is a typical take on "cheating husbands, what should we do about them?" Interesting if lightweight.
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.
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