Although Meester places on a stable efficiency atop an intriguing plot, The Weekend Away does not provide sufficient thrills to make it an entertaining watch.
With Netflix’s The Weekend Away, Leighton Meester finds herself in a state of affairs acquainted to many cinematic heroes. A psychological thriller within the vein of Gone Woman or The Woman on the Practice, The Weekend Away holds all the weather of a basic missing-persons thriller. Sadly, the movie, which relies on the novel of the identical title by Sarah Alderson (additionally the author of the script right here), lacks the identical thrills and suspense which have pushed so many others on this style to nice heights. Director Kim Farrant finds moments of cleverness, but additionally takes an excessive amount of time to up the stakes. Although Meester places on a stable efficiency atop an intriguing plot, The Weekend Away does not provide sufficient thrills to make it an entertaining watch.
New mom Beth (Meester) has been pulled away from her daughter and sad marriage in London to bask in a fun-filled weekend in Croatia along with her finest good friend Kate (Christina Wolfe). Her first evening there, Beth is hoping for a pleasant dinner and to show in early, however Kate swiftly pulls her right into a wild evening out… which proves to be a deadly choice. Beth wakes the following morning to seek out Kate lacking, and regardless of her finest efforts, nobody appears to consider that one thing terrible occurred. Armed with solely a taxi driver named Zain (Ziad Bakri) as an ally, Beth units out to uncover simply what occurred to her good friend.
The Weekend Away does not waste a lot time in attending to Kate’s disappearance; by the 15-minute mark, she’s gone and Beth is anxious. One would then anticipate Farrant to dive proper into this confounding thriller, however The Weekend Away as an alternative takes a slower method. The pacing is uneven, with a extra restrained begin that later offers method to rapid-fire twists. Beth steadily items collectively some particulars of the evening earlier than — which she will be able to’t recall, a lot to her frustration — however the first steps ahead in her investigation solely come about as a result of she has Zain to assist her. For the primary portion of The Weekend Away, Beth is extra of a passive bystander. It is solely afterward within the motion that she brings out some intelligent strikes of her personal, together with one which’s a sly callback to an early second. Beth could possibly be a compelling character, a girl determined to seek out her good friend in an inhospitable setting. Total, although, Alderson’s script does not give Meester a lot else to do moreover cry and fret.
In fact, anybody who has seen Meester’s earlier work will know she has the vary for a variety of characters. The Weekend Away‘s Beth is a far cry from the efficiency Meester is finest identified for — Blair Waldorf on Gossip Woman — and but the actress has no drawback sinking into her meeker persona. Due to how shortly Kate’s disappearance comes about, it is arduous to get a correct studying on her friendship with Beth. Nonetheless, because of Meester, that connection is felt by means of Beth’s desperation to seek out Kate. Meester lets the viewers really feel Beth’s ache, notably when a twist almost halfway by means of takes The Weekend Away in a brand new route. The remainder of the forged is stable, with Bakri maybe making the most important impression because the surprisingly useful Zain.
With a film like The Weekend Away, bringing one thing new to the format is extremely troublesome. There have already been numerous different films with the identical form of premise, so all it actually takes is a compelling thriller, quantity of suspense, and a devastating twist to win over audiences. Sadly, The Weekend Away does not have almost sufficient of the second half, thus hindering every thing else. Probably the most suspenseful sequence finds Beth uncovering one thing about her creepy landlord (Adrian Pezdiric), however the remainder of the thriller lacks that very same propulsion. This connects again to the shaky pacing, which leads to the most important twist coming with simply quarter-hour left within the movie. To be truthful, mentioned ending is fairly intriguing and fills in gaps viewers may not have realized had been there.
Nonetheless, The Weekend Away‘s stable ending is not fairly sufficient to make up for the underwhelming journey. There are way more compelling psychological thrillers on the market as of late, and this one comes throughout as a merely common effort. Meester is a purpose to observe, so followers of her work would possibly discover one thing right here. All instructed, although, The Weekend Away is a missing-persons journey that is not as gripping because it may’ve been.
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The Weekend Away is now streaming on Netflix. It’s 91 minutes lengthy and rated TV-14 for language, violence, and suggestive dialogue.
- The Weekend Away (2022)Launch date: Mar 03, 2022
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