To be fair there is this creepy guy with a chain who keeps appearing and disappearing, and she has these freaky dreams and visions about a women who looks a lot like her. But when it comes down to it, the movie is all promise and not very much delivery. Sure the plot is neatly written, and wraps up nicely at the end, but it just doesn’t sustain our interest along the way.
A large part of the problem is Ms Grumpy Gellar. How are you supposed to identify with a character who spends the whole movie moping? After the sixth or seventh “vision” you just want to shake her and say “Snap out of it and tell someone what’s happening!”. She even goes to see her dad (played by that grizzled genius Sam Shepard), but does she say “Dad I’m freaking out”? On no, she just yells at him about her childhood and hightails it out of there. This might be the screenwriter’s fault and not Gellar’s, but boy is it frustrating.
In the end watching The Return is a little like putting a large puzzle together without the box. Sure, it passes the time, but by the time you get halfway through you can already see what it is, and it isn’t very inspiring.
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