Backtrack (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
90 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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Psychologist Peter Bower's life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers a strange secret about his patients...

Backtrack (2015) is an Australian supernatural mystery thriller film that is 90 minutes and was shot in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia including the Central Station in Haymarket and the University of Sydney in Camperdown. Michael Petroni (The Book Thief (2013), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), The Rite (2011), Queen of the Damned (2002)) wrote, co-produced, and directed Backtrack wonderfully. I like all that the movie had to offer including the spine-chilling moments although it had flaws in some areas.

Backtrack revolves around Peter Bower ( Adrien Brody - The Pianist (2002), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), King Kong (2005), Predators (2010)) who is a psychologist that is haunted by the ghosts from his past and sees dead people. Peter should have been more selective of whom he chooses for his patients as his recent patient thinks that it is 1987 where Ronald Reagan is the current U.S. president, and he is a musician working at a jazz club. Peter became suspicious when a hooded young girl name Elizabeth Valentine (Chloe Bayliss) initials correspond to Evie. Evie was Peter’s daughter who was ran over by a car because Peter was distracted for a little while. Peter sought the help of fellow shrink and mentor Duncan ( Sam Neill - Jurassic Park (1993), Jurassic Park III (2001), Event Horizon (1997), The Hunt for Red October (1990)) after other strange things start happening. Duncan told Peter that Elizabeth is merely a hallucination/figment of his imagination. What happens next is for you to see as the movie had some touching moments.

Peter thought that if he went back to his hometown, then it would help him to unwind and make sense of everything that is going on. I was sad when I saw that Peter and his friend was the cause of a train being derailed when he was a teenager which resulted in Elizabeth Valentine’s death along with about 46 other passengers. I applaud the director for keeping the tension at a steady pace throughout the movie with an effective atmosphere. The jump scares were cheap, and the screenplay was somewhat complicated. Adrien Brody’s performance was nothing but excellent. The movie was a little slow at first, but it was easily fixed once it got into its groove. I gave Backtrack a six because the film was captivating with the way the director executed this movie although it was a storyline that I have seen before. I would recommend this movie to all horror fans because it is something that I will watch again.

About Backtrack 2015

Title: Backtrack
Year: 2015
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Bruce Spence, Sam Neill, Adrien Brody, Suzie Steen, Jeanette Cronin, Matthew Sunderland, Malcolm Kennard, Alison Benstead, George Shevtsov, Anna Lise Phillips, Olga Miller, Milan Pulvermacher, Barbara Gouskos, Emma O'Farrell, Alexander McGuire, Kirsti Swanson, Jesse Hyde, Jill McKay, Robin McLeavy, Charlotte Graham, Ella Hattenfels, Greg Poppleton, Jenni Baird, Chloe Bayliss, Michael Whalley, Brooke Alyse, Emily Bavel, Adrienne Brown, Lilly Orrell, Emily Bevel
Writers: Michael Petroni
Director: Michael Petroni