Reviewed bycinemajunkyVote: 7/10/10
Apparently a lot of people missed the point on this one. If you need amovie to lead you by the nose and explain every little thing, thendon't watch this movie. The premise is really simple - a family, livingon a farm on the outskirts of town is trying to find normality in theirlives again after a tragedy. When they're visited by a man in aseersucker suit who claims his car broke down, they react predictably -the mother fears the unknown while the father wants to extendhospitality. Initially, the mother doesn't want to take a chance thather desperately normal life would be impacted by the stranger, but,after hearing his eloquent rant about Christian neighborliness in thesedark times of trusting no one, she relents and allows him to spend thenight. Her motives are clear - she wants to see her family through theeyes of a third party who hasn't prejudged them from their earlier badacts. Maybe if he sees how good they are, he will spread the word inthe community that has ostracized them and they will be accepted backlike lost lambs from the wilderness. In order to portray this familygoodness, the mother constantly harries the daughter who immediatelyinterests the stranger. As the stranger reveals himself to be a doctor,the mother opens up to him about almost everything but what's wrongwith the daughter. Of course the stranger is there to harm them fortheir misdeeds and quickly subdues both parents before it becomes acat-and-mouse game between him and the daughter. More back story isrevealed about the tragedy which brought the family to the farm and thestranger to their door. While being a touch predictable, it is stillfinely acted and the characters' motivations are crystal clear.
Reviewed bygavin6942Vote: 6/10/10
A stranger with mysterious intentions (Patrick Breen) comes to stay thenight at a secluded country home, but what he finds inside is a familytorn apart by a violent past and a secret more deadly than he expected.
For whatever reason, Netflix recommended this one to me as something Iwould enjoy. And while I must admit I did enjoy it, I think they couldhave recommended 100 other titles just as easily. The concept here isgood, but not really all that different from a number of other films...a stranger who wants to stay overnight, and can we trust him? That isold hat.
Although I thought Patrick Breen was excellent in this, his accentseemed a bit forced. I kept thinking at any moment he would stop andsay "just kidding" about his Southern roots. But alas, no, it was notto be.
Reviewed byFilm Watchin FoolVote: 6/10/10
Why You Might Like It: The acting is actually very good and PatrickBreen is great as the lead protagonist. For people who like this genreof film, then it might be worth a watch.
Why You Might Not Like It: It is low budget and has an unknown cast,which might make some viewers shy away from seeing it. The movie isaverage and nothing to go out of your way to see unless you love thisgenre of movies.
Acting/Casting: 6.5* - Patrick Breen shines in this movie and plays thevillain in a very interesting manner. He does an outstanding job fromthe accent to the way carries himself in the film. The remainder of thecast is made up of unknown actors, but they do a fine job as well.
Directing/Cinematography/Technical: 5.5* - Most of the movie takesplace at a farmhouse, so there isn't much in the way of greatcinematography or technical aspects. The directing is OK, but I feltthe movie dragged a bit in the second half of the film. This area ofthe film isn't terrible, but it also isn't anything but average.
Plot/Characters: 5* - A ostracized and troubled family is visited attheir home by a strange and interesting man, who they decide to letstay the night. Again, the plot is interesting and has potential, butit doesn't play out to be anything great.
Entertainment Value: 5.5* - It starts out fairly intriguing and grabsyour attention, but slowly becomes very mediocre. Once you get the gistof the plot, it is a very average movie. Worth a watch if you catch onTV on a slow evening.
My Score: 6.5+5.5+5+5.5 = 22.5/4 = 5.625
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A stranger with mysterious intentions comes to stay the night at a secluded country home, but what he finds inside is a family torn apart by a violent past and a secret more deadly than he expected.