Two couples rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away.
Starring: Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, and Sheila Vand
Directed by: Dave Franco
Written by: Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg, and Mike Demski
There’s nothing like taking a nice vacation especially after putting in some hard work. There’s many ways to do that including renting a home for a few days. A time to relax in a private home, drink, do drugs, go for walks, and of course enjoy the jacuzzi. Seriously…what could go wrong?
Well Charlie (Dan Stevens), his wife Michelle (Alison Brie), his brother Josh (Jeremy Allen White), and his business partner Mina (Sheila Vand) are about to find out. The first half of the movie is very much about learning about these characters, and watching them get settled into this house. They’re supposed to be having a good time together, but things are off to a rocky start. Mina, who is also Josh’s girlfriend, gets into it with the guy who rents them the house. Then there’s some disagreement on who wants to do what. Michelle hits the bed early along with Josh who passes out, while Charlie and Mina continue the party.
Before the true horror is unleashed here, the characters do a pretty good job of self destructing on their own. Josh has a questionable past so they have to make sure he doesn’t have another screwup. He’s also not sure he belongs with Mina, and she doesn’t help the situation. Charlie and Michelle seem happily married at first, but things aren’t always what they seem.
Who needs the horror after all? I do and it certainly goes off with a bang. Without giving it away, lets say someone takes full advantage of this family, and friends blowing up. Yes it’s good to finally see the horror in the story, but this is more about the horror that goes home with the audience. Many times the audience leaves, and never thinks twice about the movie. Then there are movies like this one that will make you think twice before renting a home.
“The Rental” gets off to a slow start, but ends with a bang. Think of the movie as lighting a stick of dynamite with a long string, and slowly waiting for it to explode. There’s a lot to learn about these characters, and a chance for each of them to dig their own graves. Strong performances from the cast pull it off, and then the dynamite explodes. The ending might remind audiences of one of my favorite movies, which also left fans with a similar dreadful feeling of “that could really happen to anyone!” Before you decide on renting an apartment or home, make sure you heed the warning in this movie. Because the movie will have you thinking about it much after it's over, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.
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