BACKTRACK Shrinking interest rate
released 14 March 2015 | 15 | DVD
Director Michael Petroni
Cast Adrien Brody, Sam Neill,
Robin McLeavy, Chloe Bayliss
Even ghosts need psychiatric help in this strikingly miserable, Australianmade supernatural drama. Adrien Brody stars as Peter Bower, a psychoanalyst who’s suffering more than most of his patients thanks to the untimely death of his young daughter. When a mute teenager turns up at his office for analysis, he starts trying to work out what’s wrong with her – but then his friend Duncan ( a beardy Sam Neill) points out that she’s probably just an aged- up version of his dead kid. Cue lots of wide- eyed despair faces as Peter battles to figure out whether he’s losing his mind or if there’s really a ghost trying to give him a message.
It’s not the most enticing premise, and Peter isn’t the most sympathetic of leads, especially as the film delves into his past misdemeanours. In terms of ghouls, it’s a quantity over quality deal; there are loads of them, but only the most easily startled viewers will find them scary.
The only decent thing about this film is Sam Neill. If only all half- baked horror movies could wheel him out to explain the plot to their dull- witted protagonists.
Extras Director’s commentary; deleted scenes; Making Of. Sarah Dobbs
Writer/ director Michael Petroni also cowrote Queen Of The Damned and The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.
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