The Return (Widescreen Edition)
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Fastforward to the present. Joannna is an upwardly mobile adult in sales, constantly on the road and the fast track to success. She makes a business trip in another city and sees an old friend. While there, she has a series of strange visions and blacks out. Her friend finds her later, passed out on the bathroom floor with a large self-inflicted wound on her forearm.
While trying to make sense of this disturbing behavior and the visions, Joanna ends up in La Salle, Texas. In La Salle, she finds the same buildings and places that she has already seen in her visions, giving her an unsettling sense of deja vu.
I won't reveal anymore, but THE RETURN is well worth your time. It is 90 minutes of suspense, the supernatural and ultimately, a ghostly love story that defies time. The theatical ending was good, but check out the alternate ending on the DVD special features. It made everything so much more crystal clear and I think that the film would've been so much more successful if Hollywood higher ups would used that ending instead of the one they did.
But still, watch THE RETURN. It's well worth your time!!!
The film starts at an amusement park. A father (Sam Shepherd) and his daughter Joanna have just been in a car accident. Almost immediately, the girl begins acting strangely, seeing a mysterious man who isn't there. All he wants to do is talk to her. This may seem bizarre at first, but it gives you the first clue to an unfolding story about a woman running from her past.
As an adult, Joanna (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a salesperson. She likes her job because it keeps her ahead of whatever evil seems to be chasing her. Even though she has sworn off territory in Texas, she changes her mind. This trip brings her into contact with an old friend and her father. The longer she remains in Texas, the more her strange "visions" or dreams take hold of her. She eventually finds herself pulled to La Salle, Texas, where she encounters a man whose wife was murdered years before.
I won't reveal the ending, but suffice it to say that the reason some viewers may be having trouble deciphering this film is because it is rooted in Eastern religion. Life isn't linear, but cyclical.
I found the film to be deeply moving. Sure, the pacing is languid like the Texas heat, but it allows the story to unfold. There also isn't a heavy metal soundtrack and young photo-perfect pin-ups crying while some masked madman tortures and then kills them.
Horror film fanatics seem to fall into two camps: those who like axe wielding maniacs and those who like atmospheric ghost stories. I prefer the latter.Read more ›
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I was pleasantly surprised by this little movie. I think it's good entertainment. Not by any means an award winner, but a fun escape for an hour or two for those that enjoy... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robin Yorktown
i seen this in the theater and it made no sense and it still doesntPublished 10 months ago by angela silvester
This movie was... Meh, okay. I wish I could give half stars because It would get 2.5 but I was generous and gave it three. Read morePublished 12 months ago by rockharder45
Love the story line and how Sarah Michelle Gellar portray the character.Published 17 months ago by John M Fox
Love this movie. Simple, not scary in any way. More intriguing. Shows that romance and true love never die.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Return (Asif Kapadia, 2006)
Everyone loves a good mystery. Unless, that is, it's marketed like a horror film. Read more
excellent movie sarah is phenominal in this one the guy is also good to
look at a real winner for sure
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