The Rental – Thriller
Category – Movie
Content – This thriller comes to us from Dave Franco and is his directorial debut! We quickly learn that Charlie and Mina work together, Mina is dating Charlie’s brother Josh and Charlie is married to Michelle. These two couples decide to rent a beautiful ocean side home for a weekend retreat. Upon arrival, they are greeted by Taylor, the house manager that oversees the rental for his brother. Some choice words are spoken and the initial meeting does not go over that well. But, the couples move on and decide that this is the night to party and take Molly, everyone but Michelle that is. As she retreats to bed early, the other three proceed to party the night away. When Josh falls asleep, Mina and Charlie find themselves alone in a hot tub and high on drugs. Although there is a lot of regret the following morning, the day only gets worse when Mina and Charlie discover hidden cameras in the house. Armed with the knowledge that their infidelity has been caught on tape, the day seems to only get worse. By the end of the night, someone gets killed and others are being hunted by a sadistic killer. But you’ll have to watch this one to find out what really happens, and what is to happen in the future! I would like to call this one a thriller, as the actual horror doesn’t really come out until people are being hunted (which is close to the end). This scores a 7 out of 10.
Acting – Our two couples are played by Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White. All these actors do a great job encompassing each other in deceit, turmoil and confusion. They play on each other’s emotions and it is evident that they are all very good actors. Or maybe we have an excellent director in Dave Franco? Hmmm… The other notable actor is the mysterious Taylor, played by Toby Huss. You are led to believe he is the killer in the film, but is he? He does a good job at playing the obvious creep. Score is 7 out of 10.
Duration – 1 hr 28 min. Barely under the 90 minute mark, this movie plays as a drama/thriller until the very end. At that point we get a hint of horror. So the length is just ok. This gets a 6 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for The Rental – 20 out of 30
Recommended Watch – Sure, it isn’t a bad film, just don’t be fooled to think this is horror. Cause it definitely is not!