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Backtrack

Backtrack

Michael Petroni (2015)

90min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Nothing is what it seems in writer/director Michael Petroni's dull and derivative plundering of The Sixth Sense, The Others and Don't Look Now. No spoiler worries, it's revealed very early on that all the patients on the couch of a bereaved Australian psychologist (Adrien Brody) are actually ghosts from his past, intent on leading him to uncover a dark traumatic secret from his childhood. If only the reveal was worth the build-up. A capable cast of Aussie genre stalwarts (Sam Neill, Bruce Spence) ensures the recycled material punches above its high-gloss weight and Petroni handles a few of the telegraphed jolts with a certain degree of flair. But this rectifying of old injustices, the disclosure of long-buried mysteries and a spectral threat that then gives way to a very real villain is so tired and over-familiar, even the basic supernatural ingredients fail to cohere in the engaging and spine-chilling way that they should.

Summary

A psychotherapist troubled by strange delusions and recurring nightmares discovers a terrifying secret shared by his patients. The revelation sends him fleeing back to his home town, where he tries to solve a decades-old mystery in the hope that the answer will hold the key to his own issues. Supernatural thriller, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill.

Cast & Crew

Peter Bower Adrien Brody
Duncan Steward Sam Neill
Barbara Henning Robin McLeavy
Felix Bruce Spence
Carol Bower Jenni Baird
Erica George Anna-Lise Phillips
Elizabeth Valentine Chloe Bayliss
Barry Malcolm Kennard
Director Michael Petroni
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Arrow Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 29 Jan 2016

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