When I was first approached by director Greg White to review SEPARATION, I was instantly intrigued. I only had a brief synopsis of what the movie was about, yet it was certainly enough to pique my interest. But WOW…I had no idea just how tense and insanely excellent this film would be! This movie blew me away, and it has an ending that I never saw coming. When it comes to psychological thrillers, they just don’t get much better than this!
If you are not familiar with SEPARATION, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the film’s official Facebook page:
SEPARATION is a psychological thriller about Jack (Peter Stebbings) and Liz (Sarah Manninen), a couple in their 30’s struggling to keep their family together. They have recently moved to the small summering community of Hemlock Lake hoping it will make a difference, but when a mysterious neighbor (Dmitry Chepovetsky) enters their lives, it may no longer be just their marriage that could get ripped apart.
SEPARATION is shot well and looks great onscreen. The acting is top notch, with Sarah Manninen and Peter Stebbings headlining the cast. Manninen does an outstanding job as the depressed and distressed wife, while Stebbings seems to relish his role as the distant but still-caring husband. Both actors play off of each other very well, and the on-screen chemistry is very evident.
Although this is not technically a horror film, there are a few gory special effects in the film, and they look pretty good overall. One particularly disturbing scene involves an unborn fetus in a bathtub. While the fetus looks a bit on the fake side, it is certainly realistic enough to be effective and even cause a shudder or two.
The plot and its twist are the main winners here, though. SEPARATION does a stunning turnaround at the end of the film that will leave you gasping. And if you are confused when the twist occurs, do not worry: the minutes following it are used to confirm and solidify what you think is happening.
SEPARATION is a hell of a good film, and I highly recommend giving it a look. It is available now on VOD, so make a note to check it out.