The Rental (2020): Horror / Thriller

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A relaxing weekend’s getaway is ruined by dishonesty, lies, and secrets and turns into a living nightmare by… someone watching.

Excellent directorial debut by Dave Franco who seems to have put his heart and soul into the film’s writing and production as well. Perfect opening shot, red-flagged suspicion from the second shot, straight to the point right after, excellent pace and rhythm, believable dialogues and reasonably stupid decisions, no Hollywood heroism or character development, and last but not least, raw and unexpected violence. Furthermore, Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, and Toby Huss create incredible chemistry, increasing the film’s realism.

As a huge fan of one-location horrors/thrillers, I can guarantee you that this is a must-watch! As mentioned in the beginning, Franco really does an excellent job and it’s good to see people who “grew up” in Hollywood, to avoid certain Hollywood conventions that, unavoidably, lead to decadent clich├ęs.

Stay safe!

2 thoughts on “The Rental (2020): Horror / Thriller

  1. We watched this a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Bit of a strange ending I thought but still a great movie.

    1. It is quite ambiguous, indeed. Both motives and identity are questionable. I’d say though that that was the intention so, since the film’s perception was extremely positive, it might lead to something else…

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