During the first part of the film there are brief glimpses of their wild night in paradise. The four people connect, get high and party it up, and it is all too clear that one of them knows exactly what happened to Jeremy. The authorities get involved, but it is the family dynamic that creates most of the tension. With a possible affair and a betrayal or two, we donít get a real sense of what exactly happened far away in a strange land until very near the end. Until then we see a very personal story with only a hint or two that something very tragic may have happened. In a way, it works.
With a script written by director Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price (his real life spouse) this Australian made feature doesnít quite succeed as the thriller the advertising suggests it is. When paranoia sets in for one of the characters, it almost feels like an afterthought. Or it is simply a reminder to the audience that something worse than betrayal may have happened. Thankfully however, when the final reveal comes along it works much better than I had expected. Itís a shame while watching the film I began to drift occasionally trying to figure out if there was a twist or not and exactly how it would get there.
Even if the excitement level is hardly thrilling, there is something worth investing in and that is the cast. Palmer, Edgerton, Price and Starr - even with his short screen time Ė are able to give a little life to the characters and their very serious dilemma. You could have easily taken out the missing tourist part and just had an interesting romantic drama and been fine thanks to this talented cast. I especially found the relationship between Edgerton and Price engaging enough to want to stick around until the final frame.
There are a number of interviews with the cast and crew including Alex Holmes (Production Designer), Angie Fielder (Producer), Jules OíLoughlin (Director of Photography), Kieran Darcy-Smith (Writer/Director), Jason Ballantine (Editor), Antony Starr, Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price and Teresa Palmer. The interviews run somewhere between five to fifteen minutes depending on the talent, and of course they talk about how much they love the script and all that good stuff. Definitely worth a look if you are a fan of these fine folks.
Finally, we have the Theatrical Trailer which again, makes this out to look a whole lot more intense than it actually is.