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Synopsis:When a young woman finds the love of her life cheating on her, she has a mental break while travelling across country and encounters hostile strangers and debilitating anxiety along the way.
Rebound (2014) is an American mystery thriller horror movie that entertained me more than I anticipated. Director and writer Megan Freels Johnston (Bad Kids Die First (2015), Killshot (2008), The Arrangement (2013)) did an okay job executing this movie. I think the movie could have been spectacular, but it lacks pizazz and intense thrills. Rebound will make viewers think twice if not more about going to someplace you do not know after leaving a distressful relationship or stressful situation. I love the concept of the movie and how it is not exactly 90% or more similar to other movies. The movie stands alone by having little details of things happening to the main actor - acid on hand, pickpocket cell phone theft, etc.
Claire (Ashley James - White Elephants (2009), Life Inside Out (2013), Stormy and the River (2012)) is a beautiful actress that caught her boyfriend of three years in bed with a bodacious female. Claire is frustrated and hurt so she packs her belongings and decides to go to her parents home in Chicago, which involves her driving cross-country. Claire thought she was getting rid of the negative aspect of her life and leaving all bad things behind but what awaits her is even more deadly than what she is leaving behind. Creepy mechanic Eddie (Mark Scheibmeir - Artois the Goat (2009), Necronomica (2013), Under the Western Sun (2011), Tarrasch Rule (2014)) helps Claire and her broken down car. Claire is not happy with her huge bill and uses her charm to lower the bill not knowing what is waiting for her in a few hours. Claire’s car cannot be fixed the same day and is now forced to wait overnight while the part for the vehicle makes its way to them. Claire decides to eat at a local place, and that does not even end well, leaving Claire with blurry eyes and well… see the movie find out what happens next.
The actors all did a fantastic job with their respective roles and did not overact. The movie, however, left me with so many questions that were not answered. Why was she being tortured and is the guy a person that goes around looking for his next victim? Why does the guy only check on Claire and not the other girl? Here is a huge goof - how is the girl able to lift the sledgehammer with her hands that were recently ruined with acid? The movie has a lot of plot holes, and that is why I gave it a 5. It would have been an excellent movie if it did not have so many loose ends.
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Writers: Megan Freels Johnston
Director: Megan Freels Johnston