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The DVD Release of “Rebound” is scheduled to hit shelves on September 29, 2015. Rebound will be available at Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, FYE, and other retailers.
Written and directed by Megan Freels Johnston, 2014’s “Rebound” is going to upset a lot of people. Ms. Johnston, granddaughter of Elmore Leonard, gives us a story that will unnerve, unsettle, and upset the masses. I am probably going to get some hate mail, but I loved this movie. Because I will not give any spoilers, you will have to watch this film to see what I am talking about. I was reminded of 2007’s “Vacancy” and also a Joel and Ethan Coen film… then the final 60 seconds! If you watch the film with your friends, feel free to say you hated it… you’ll keep those friends. Since I don’t have many friends… I can say that the ending was refreshing, eschewing easy and cliché plot devices that would have made us feel peachy.
The first half of the “Rebound” ultimately serves to set up the second half. Claire (Ashley James) walks in on her BF (Brett Johnston) as he is experiencing ecstasy in loud, animal like sex with a broad who looks like Nicole Kidman (Ali Williams). However humiliating this is to Claire, the vixen shoots her a look of pure conquest. Devastated, Claire leaves her BF, also abandoning her aspiring actress lifestyle to return home to her mother in Chicago. Defeated, stripped of all pride and confidence, Claire’s drive to Chicago will not go as planned… no kidding! In her vulnerable state all annoyances are magnified and appear threatening. She loses her cell phone, and five hours out of L.A., at night, her Honda breaks down. Any wisdom of the ages and good sense has abandoned Claire in her defeated state and some bad choices will have predicted consequences. Don’t get in a car with strangers? …..out the window. Don’t pick up strange guys in bars? ….like she never heard that before. Never trust a man again? ….this is one that she probably should have remembered…but nope.
Claire is about to endure a horrific night in a weird town with no cell phone, and nowhere else to go. She is brought to a mechanic, Eddie (Mark Scheibmeir), who is all creepy. In her vulnerability, Claire mistakes that creepiness for shyness…… Big mistake! Eddie is a psycho who loves to kidnap and torture young women….and that is what he does to Claire. Knowing that Eddie’s ultimate intent is to dissect her, Claire must regain her senses and start using her brains. Can she do this in her present condition? Her life will depend on it, and even if she can, the odds are still against her. Claire eventually gleans Eddie’s pathology and begins to act. Tied, bloodied and scared we see her plan, but Eddie anticipates her moves. The torture is hard to watch, but we see in Claire’s eyes that she is tired of being the diminutive victim. That’s it! See the movie to see what comes next. Not the feel good movie of the millennium, and what comes next is not going to make you feel good.
I hope Megan Freels Johnston resists the efforts to make her explain herself. A mature and careful look at the very ending of “Rebound” is merited. At first glance one can see why this film will offend so many, but the ending would have been misinterpreted. Careful consideration of the final images of “Rebound,” I believe, show something that is not offensive…and very empowering. See “Rebound,” and put some thought into the last 60 seconds before you render judgment. “Rebound” is…
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