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The Return
DVD disk
Mar 9, 2007 By: Quigles
The Return order
Director:
Asif Kapadia

Actors:
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Peter O Brien
Adam Scott

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young woman experiencing strange visions and seemingly supernatural occurrences goes back to a town she can just barely remember as a child. Something bad happened there, and she's determined to find out what.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is a bad movie, but not in the way you'd expect. While the acting, directing, and writing are all competent (not great, mind you - just competent), the movie falls victim to being completely and utterly boring. Every movie needs some sort of "hook" to get audiences interested, but THE RETURN doesn't have one. And as such, you're unlikely to feel the need to keep watching. This might be a good thing though, as it may convince you to pop out the DVD and save yourself from losing 90 minutes of your life.

The film kicks off with a scared little girl hiding under a table at a carnival. She sees a guy's boots and hears him creepily muttering, "Sunshine..." But when the person is revealed, it's actually just her dad (or was it? - bum bum bummm!). If that sequence sounds interesting to you, then this flick should be right up your alley. There are plenty more scenes like that (and all of them lacking just as much suspense), with the now much older girl (Gellar) fighting to find out the uninteresting truth about her past. She hears a strange song constantly forcing itself to play on the radio, she starts seeing a woman's reflection in the mirror, and she keeps getting odd visits from that same creepy man from when she was a youngun. And... well, that's about the whole movie, set aside one other part of the plotline I'm leaving out (it involves a well-meaning ex-con whose wife was killed). Don't worry though, that stuff's pretty dull, too.
THE EXTRAS
Seeing as how THE RETURN did poorly at the box office, a lackluster DVD is no surprise. The alternate ending is a worth a look though.

The Making of The Return (8:33): This interview-filled featurette contains some interesting bits of discussion concerning ideas from the film, but other than that it's shallow and useless.

Deleted Scenes (10:44): There are 6 axed bits of character development, none of which make the characters any more interesting than the already are (or better yet, aren't).

Alternate Ending (5:45): A strange but altogether worthwhile alternate ending. Although it's debatable, a few minor tweaks might've made this the more interesting conclusion.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While relatively well made, THE RETURN suffers from being nothing more than a dull time-waster. It's tedious and uninteresting, with next to nothing actually happening during the entire runtime. In the end, the coolest about this film is its deceptive cover, which gives the impression the film is more like a GRUDGE sequel than the slow-burn "supernatural" drama it actually is.
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