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The Return

2

She gulps a hell of a lot, her cardigan sleeves are pulled down over her hands and her forehead’s slightly furrowed (not too much, mind, it could make her look old). It can only mean one thing: Sarah Michelle Gellar is acting. Buffy does drama in The Return, another Ring rip-off shot in desolate greys and set in depopulated towns where streets seem to stay empty 24/7.

She plays Joanna, a go-getting sales rep in the Midwest who’s troubled by visions of a murder and stalked by a ghostly redneck. So she runs, she squeals and she tries to look vulnerably brave with all 5’ 3” of her stature. The scares are stunted – a bit like the lead actress, then – as director Asif Kapadia (The Warrior) gives up on the serious (read desperately dull) script and ‘crafts’ shocks using nothing more than his editing scissors and the orchestra’s percussion section.

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: January 19th 2007

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