Reviewed by Meresa Bergin
Starring: Courtney Bell, Morgan Peter Brown, Katie Parker
Director: Rustin Cerveny
Running Time: 87 minutes
Release Date: 7 July 2014
Format: DVD / Blu-ray
I am a huge fan of films that make you think and are not just set out to scare you. Absentia is one of these films. It is so well thought out and put together, so sure there are times which will really make you jump but more often than not, it will make you think, really think.
Our lead character, Tricia tells a story of a missing person, her husband and how she is pushed to come to terms with the fact he has been missing for 7 years and that it is thought it is time she should move on. As she begins to face this future, that her husband is dead and not coming back, she begins to see him everywhere she goes. Of course her therapist tells her this is normal behaviour in the process of letting go, Tricia is not sure what to believe, when she meets a stranger in a tunnel whilst out jogging, who she later learns is a missing person also, she is pulled into a tale that will leave her confused and terrified, where she is forced to answer how far will we go for the one we love? Can you ever really let go?
The movie goes off in different directions as it explores what has happened to Tricia’s husband and the other missing people but it always takes the time to help you get to grips and grasp what is happening.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this story, you think you have nailed it, you finally understand and that it takes you somewhere else.
You really feel you are part of the story, the people you meet, matter I have not come across a film that does that to this level for a long time, you really care what happens to them.
I find in a lot of horror movies the scare scenes you can tell are coming by the music, this movie is different, they come from nowhere with little build up at times and it also uses you emotions, there is nothing scarier then something that can make you think and you can feel.
This movie will leave you grasping for an answer, shaking in your boots and really making you think!
If you love movies that make you think as well as jump this is the movie for you!
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