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Feature 8.7
Video 8.3
Audio 8.0
Total 8.6
Distributor: Madman
Classification: MA15+
Classification: 90 minutes
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

8.6


Restraint

Restraint is a brilliant Australian psychological thriller that is masterfully directed by David Denneen and revolves around two young lovers who are on the run from the authorities. Things go from bad to worse when they reach a desolate country town in New South Wales and stop for petrol.

As Ron (Travis Fimmel) fills up their stolen Ute, he does not have enough to pay and sends his girlfriend Dale, a former stripper (Teresa Palmer) to seduce the petrol attendant. As Ron is fishing through the car for money, he eventually finds the correct amount and heads off to pay, only to discover that Dale is sexually satisfying the attendant. A fight ensues between Ron and the attendant that leads the attendant dead and the viewer discovers that there is a body in the Ute.

Fleeing the scene, they eventually arrive at a secluded countryside mansion to lay low where they meet the eccentric Andy (Stephen Moyer), a agoraphobic. As they are now wanted criminals for alleged murder, Ron decides to kill Andy as he has seen their face, however Andy convinces them to keep him alive if he can pay them $40,000 in the next two days.

From here, a psychological game begins with Andy as the puppet master as he begins to turn Dale against Ron. As Andy begins his mind games with the two captors, a relationship begins with him and Dale in this psychological game of cat and mouse.

All three actors are brilliant in their role, whether its Fimmel as the dangerous criminal, Palmer as the beautifully portrayed "white trash" or Moyer as the twisted victim, it's a nail biting roller coaster ride from start to finish. I must admit that this movie had a strong Hollywood vibe to it, whether it was from the amazing cinematography, engaging story, acting or directing, it came together perfectly and the ending is a killer twist.

Gripping, sexy and intelligent!






 
 



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