Backtrack

2015

Action / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

26
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 21%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 24%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 9637

Synopsis


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Cast

Adrien Brody as Peter Bower
Sam Neill as Duncan Stewart
Robin McLeavy as Barbara Henning
Bruce Spence as Felix
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657.83 MB
1280*522
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 0 / 8
1.37 GB
1920*784
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 3 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 7 / 10

Haunted by the Past

After losing his daughter hit by a truck, the troubled psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) moves to Sidney with his wife Carol (Jenni Baird) and his colleague and friend Dr. Duncan Stewart (Sam Neill) gets strange patients for him. When Dr. Bower discovers a secret about Dr. Stewart and his patients, he travels alone to his hometown False Creek to the house of his estranged father William Bower (George Shevtsov). Haunted by his past, Peter digs his recollections and uncovers a hideous secret from his past.

"Backtrack" is an above average ghost story, with a good screenplay. The cast has great performance and the plot is intriguing, entwining family drama with horror and the conclusion is well resolved. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Visões do Passado" ("Visions from the Past")

Reviewed by Michael Ledo 8 / 10

It doesn't feel okay

Dr. Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) laments and blames himself over the death of his daughter Evie (Emma O'Farrell). He accepts a job in Sydney doing psychological assessment. He discovers his patients all have one thing in common, something which forces him to return home and remember an event from over 20 years ago.

Adrien Brody appears to have been typed cast into roles of a gloomy individual. He plays a pathetic individual not knowing what is happening to him, someone who sees ghosts. The film never develops into a real horror in spite of a few attempts to have a scary ghost scene. It is described as a mystery/thriller with the thriller side being light and half of the mystery revealed in the film trailer. The mystery peels itself back like an onion skin, never giving us enough clues to go beyond the next level.

While I enjoyed watching the film, it is not one I would watch again.

Reviewed by Nigel P 6 / 10

Spoilers follow ...

A majestic rainstorm illuminates the city backdrop throughout much of this Australian supernatural horror. A downpour can add so much atmosphere and unease to scenes if handled effectively - and here, Director (and Writer) Michael Petroni uses it very well indeed.

Sam Neill is an actor who has quietly built up a massive body of work. He is always solid, reliable and a powerful presence onscreen. Casually sophisticated and authoritative, he is typically fine here, playing Duncan Stewart, sceptical of the sinister possibilities that are unfolding. Neill's in good company - Adrien Brody is excellent as tortured Psychologist Peter Bower, who happens upon young Elizabeth, a patient who holds secrets of her own.

This unleashes a whole series of sightings, glimpses, jump scares and apparitions. And yet the overall effect is more of a slowly unfolding mystery than a 'straightforward' horror (if there is such a thing), elevated by the performances from the universally excellent cast and rich production values. The film doesn't quite live up to the moody success of its early scenes, but it keeps things simmering nicely.

The finale and climax either work or they don't, depending on your point of view. After such a carefully built-up - and occasionally ponderous - storyline, the last moments step up a couple of gears to provide what I thought was a pretty satisfying endgame, even if the 'twist' at the end is fairly routine.

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