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!