Movie Review – Backtrack (2016)

Directed by Michael Petroni
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: April 26, 2016


Wow…I’ll start this review off by stating up front I loved BACKTRACK. This movie is not what I was expecting it to be, and it turned out to be a great surprise. I initially requested it for review because of Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, two actors I greatly enjoy in any role they play. But the story in this film quickly grabbed me and sucked me in. The result is an entertaining and engrossing movie experience that I highly recommend.

If you are not familiar with BACKTRACK, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers a strange secret about his patients. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right.

I can’t decide what my expectations were for this film before going into it. I am very pleased with how it turned out, though. Part psychological thriller, part mystery, and part ghost story, this is one movie you have to experience for yourself.

BACKTRACK is shot well and looks excellent onscreen. The cinematography is semi-artistic, but it conveys the story wonderfully as well.

The acting is top notch, with both Brody and Neill giving great performances. Neill has more of a cameo role, and we only get to see him a couple of times. But Brody shines as the main character. Both are supported by a nice cast that include several faces I hope to see more of in the future.

The story is where BACKTRACK really leaves its mark. Chocked full of mystery and intrigue, with a nice dash of scares to boot, this film will grab you and keep you engrossed until the big reveal at the end. I have to say, the twist-ending made me smile with satisfaction. Some viewers might see it coming, but I did not.

BACKTRACK is a big win for me, and I highly suggest giving it a look. It’s a thriller with bite, so be ready for a few jumps and an interesting mystery. The film is available now, so give it a look.


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