The Rental movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The Rental is definitely thrilling, but all that tension is mainly saved for the climax. This dramatic horror film is violent, suspenseful and entertaining, but isn’t anything special.


Two couples who rent a holiday home on a weekend getaway begin to suspect that the eerie host of the rental house may be spying them nearby.

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Movie details

Director: Dave Franco
Cast: Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, Toby Huss
Writer: Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg
Release Date (Australia): 22 January 2021
Runtime: 88 minutes/1h 28m
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

Thematic material includes infidelity, threat, horror themes, murder and scenes in which people are attacked and killed.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes scenes in which people are beaten and attacked with a hammer, accompanied by depictions of bloody detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains uses of the word “f**k”, in addition to uses of the words “s**t” and “**shole”.

Drug Use (M)

The film includes use of ecstasy.

Nudity (G)

A man’s upper buttocks are viewed.

Sex (M)

The film includes verbal sexual references and a depiction of a sex scene.

mpaa rating

R (for violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexuality)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This unimaginative horror concept produces a lazy group of toxic and overly dramatic characters, sends them to a creepily fascinating vacation home and provides them with nothing but other than a simple peak of consequences and a weird antagonist. The truth is that similar to the fact that there’s many reasons to find deep disappointment within this unsatisfying mess, there’s also reasons why it’s effective, nerve-wracking and even pleasing.

There’s likely not much to do about it, but the four leading characters seem to be a group of massive idiots. This is an area where the screenwriting is being criticised, due to the fact that their personalities are far too dramatic and they are just stupidly toxic in the way they confront their issues. The performers were great; they achieved the ability to really irritate you with their roles.

However, the full design isn’t completely impaired. There’s an entertaining development with the characters and the location, accompanied by a sharp shift of twists that head toward an edge-of-the-seat set climax. It’s unfortunately not really anything compelling or special, meaning it skips the opportunity to form something inventive.

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