Estranged (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Adam Levins
Starring: Amy Manson, James Cosmo, Craig Conway,
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Well Go USA
January is forced to return home after six years traveling abroad. A near-fatal accident has left her temporarily wheelchair bound and depleted of her long-term memory. She is accompanied by her boyfriend ‘Callum’ whom she met whilst traveling. He was also the driver in the fateful accident. Not only has she forgotten her family, but her childhood as well and is surprised to discover that her home is a stately manor in the middle of the country-side. As January tries to settle in, she finds herself becoming even more estranged from her family, who just want their daughter back. The trouble is, she cannot remember who that daughter was, or why she ran away in the first place. Desperate to discover why she left all those years ago and with Callum’s help, she sets out to find the truth. They soon discover the family are not as loving as they seem to be. Was there a dark reason why she left them in the first place?
Estranged starts things off in a very eye-catching manner as we are witness to a pretty brutal accident. From there we are playing a game of wait and see, as January and her boyfriend head off to her family and then we see some rather strange things taking place. We are basically as clueless as January is once she is reunited with her family. She can’t remember anything and we have no idea about any of it either at first, so in a clever way the movie allows us to try to pull it all together along with her. I really liked that part of the movie. It is a bit of a moody flick that has a bit of a slower nature to it, but at least the questions you have about what might be coming next is enough to keep you interested and watching to see just how things will end-up in the end. It also helps that things are a bit uneasy and creepy from the start, which always helps in a movie that is plotted out like this one. Right from the start when they try to get her boyfriend to leave you know something isn’t right, but we just don’t know what.
I’m also a big fan of not only our leading lady, played by Amy Manson, but the rest of the cast does a great job of being a bit sinister in very subtle ways. The people here know when to pile on or ease off the creepy factor in order to just keep you questioning what you think might be going on just enough. As these movie always do, the movie plays its hand later on and the end-results are pretty good. I think things kind of went where I was thinking they were going to go, but that didn’t make me not enjoy the trip the whole thing takes us on until we finally reach that point. If you can dig something that is a bit of a mystery with a slow-burn to it, then you will be content with what you get from Estranged. If you just don’t like a bit of a waiting game, then you might want to go for something a little better paced. I personally had just a fine time with it for a good once over.
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Quality of Transfer: 90%