Review: The Rental
Despite being called a horror/thriller, the first hour or so of this movie is merely a relationship drama. The horror element doesn't really kick into gear until the third act. While it's quite obvious what's going to eventually happen between these couples, the actors are all very good so it's never tedious.
But that third act....I'm perplexed. I don't know if I could give film major props for going this route with the killer, or if it feels like a giant cop out. In theory it's creepy but it feels rushed. This film is only 1 hour 28 minutes long and with so much spent on the relationship building it really feels like the main conflict happens way too fast. But at the same time, I don't think they could've dragged it out much longer either. Even days after watching this, I still don't know how I feel about the ending.
Dave Franco looks to be a promising director. You can tell he films his real life wife Allison Brie with a lot of love. They could've so easily made her character frumpy to contrast with Mina but they didn't. I really just liked all of the main four.
Memorable Quote: "My reservation was declined but you accepted his an hour later." - Mina (Sheila Vand)