Let’s cut to the chase – Welcome Home proves to be a pleasant surprise. Gripping, full of exciting twists, turns and unpredictability, while even managing moments of humour.

The premise of the film revolves around a couple who rent a vacation home in Italy to rekindle their broken relationship. Cassie (Emily Ratajkowski) and Bryan (Aaron Paul) enjoy a relatively stress-free break. Cassie coincidently runs into Federico (Riccardo Scamarcio), a local neighbour.

Federico begins to manipulate and deceive the couple, and as his intentions begin to take a sinister and chilling turn, the weekend swiftly turns away from couple reconciliation – instead becoming a battle for survival…

I was instantly engaged within the opening of the film. I appreciated the juxtaposition between the peaceful and loving scenes, contrasted with a sense of foreboding that the sinister score tried to hint at. Bear McCreary’s score epitomised that darkness was on the horizon, and this helped prolong my early engagement in the film.

The constant and repetitive nudity however though is over-emphasised – just because Ratajkowski is attractive and agreed to be nude doesn’t mean to say that you must show her naked unnecessarily. You can see the obvious sex appeal, but for me it was just a bit over the top.

The character development for me was also at a very high level. Ratajkowski’s performance proves that she can be more than just a sex symbol, while Paul’s performance was similarly on-point, although he wasn’t fully utilised.

Even so, the film’s effectiveness would have suffered drastically if Scamarcio’s performance as creepy Federico was underwhelming. It certainly wasn’t. He was excellent in portraying a creepy and horrible antagonist and had no redeeming qualities.

I would certainly recommend Welcome Home as the performances and tone create a compelling and thrilling movie that will keep you guessing.

Movie Review: Welcome Home
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