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Title: Return to Sender Rlj Entertainment Director: Fouad Mikati Writers: Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett Cast: Rosamund Pike, Shiloh Fernandez, Nick Nolte, Camryn Manheim, Rumer Willis, Illeana Douglas In theaters, VOD and iTunes on August 14th. Miranda (Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) is an aspiring surgical nurse with a lot of hidden talents and is beloved by all who know her. One of her coworkers sets her up on a blind date, and Miranda reluctantly accepts. The day of the date, a man comes to her door whom she assumes is Kevin (Billy Slaughter), it turns out to be William Finn (Shiloh Fernandez), a man she’s seen in passing and obsessed [ Read More ]
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Let’s get this out of the way immediately – Return to Sender, a so-called “thriller” that exists solely to capitalize on the icily serene beauty of star Rosamund Pike, is no Gone Girl. Artless, queasy and agonizingly dull from first frame to last, it’s more akin to a particularly ugly Lifetime Original Movie than that delectably vicious cult phenomenon or really anything with which you’d expect to see a star of Pike’s caliber associated.
And yet, director Fouad Mikati somehow landed the Oscar nominee – whose deer-in-headlights terror on screen could easily have been elicited by her realization that Return to Sender will always lurk on her IMDb page. She plays dedicated nurse Miranda, who tends to her patients with practiced precision but shows none of the same enthusiasm for her love life. Miranda, unfortunately, is a pancake-flat character, made ever flatter by Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett’s howlingly awful script. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Miranda Wells (Rosamund Pike) talks about her potential new job as a surgical nurse in our exclusive clip from Return to Sender, arriving in movie theaters August 14 from Rlj Enterainment. Miranda's colleague Gloria (Camryn Manheim) can't understand why she would want to transfer into the surgical nurse field. While Gloria says she can handle patients "puking and pissing" on her, she can't fathom the "revolting" nature of surgery. This scene takes place long before this thriller really picks up the pace.
Miranda (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) is a dedicated nurse, an exquisite cake maker and an impeccable friend. But when she agrees to a blind date and the wrong man comes to her door...her perfect world is shattered by a brutal assault. Even after her attacker, William (Shiloh Fernandez, Evil Dead), is convicted and locked away for the crime, Miranda can't overcome the fear and trauma »
One has to feel for Rosamund Pike: No actor deserves to have their Oscar-nominated breakout role tailed by the likes of “Return to Sender,” a queasy but strangely gutless exploitation pic that plays not unlike a tardy dry run for “Gone Girl.” As it is, the tight-lipped froideur that she brought to David Fincher’s adult blockbuster provides the only notes of curiosity or complexity in Fouad Mikati’s otherwise unsurprising rape-revenge thriller. As an uptight surgical nurse taking a roundabout way toward closure after surviving a brutal home invasion, Pike constructs a dark-hearted heroine who could potentially beat Amy Dunne at her own game — if armed with a less misogynistic script and a lick of human credibility. Without these, “Return to Sender” looks like nothing more threatening than VOD fodder for Stateside distrib Image Entertainment; paltry B.O. numbers show U.K. auds have already refused delivery.
For Pike, »
- Guy Lodge
For almost the entire running time of this movie, we have no idea what it is about. What is it trying to say? What sort of story is it trying to tell? I’m “biast” (pro): love Rosamund Pike
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In my head I’m calling this film What Is This I Can’t Even: The Movie. It works at least as well as the blandly generic and not even really apropos Return to Sender, which describes a tiny section of the second act that then resolves itself and has no further bearing on the story. In fact, the bearing it does have on the story hardly makes any sense at all, not on the level of plot, character, or theme. Not that the plot, characters, or putative themes make any sense on a whole-movie level, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Fouad Mikati directed Return To Sender from a script by Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett. Rlj Entertainment chief acquisitions officer Mark Ward negotiated the deal with Voltage and plans a 2015 release.
Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Ron Judkins’ festival favourite and comedic drama Finding Neighbors starring Michael O’Keefe and Catherine Dent. Jon Gerrans negotiated rights with producers Judy Korin and Jennifer Young.
Multi-platform specialist Orion Releasing has picked up North America and MGM Latin America on Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant. [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Nick Nolte, Shiloh Fernandez, Camryn Manheim and Rumer Willis also star. Pike portrays a nurse who is attacked by a stranger, played by Fernandez, during a home invasion. She then begins to visit him in jail regularly after he’s arrested.
- Dave McNary
Read More: Rosamund Pike Dives into 'The Deep Blue Good-by' with Christian Bale Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to "Return to Sender," a thriller directed by Fouad Mikati and co-written by Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett. The film boasts an all-star ensemble cast including Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"), Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte ("Warrior," "The Prince of Tides"), Shiloh Fernandez ("Evil Dead"), Camryn Manheim ("The Practice") and Rumer Willis ("Sorority Row," "Dancing with the Stars"). The psychological thriller follows Pike as Miranda, a nurse who is attacked during a home invasion by a stranger (Fernandez). After the man is arrested, Miranda begins to visit him in jail regularly and form a connection with her attacker. "Fresh on the heels of her Academy Award nominated performance in 'Gone Girl,' Rosamund Pike delivers another »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller “Return to Sender,” which stars Oscar nominees Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and Nick Nolte (“Warrior”), it was announced Thursday by Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s chief acquisitions officer for the Image brands. “Return to Sender” was directed by Fouad Mikati and co-written by Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett. The film co-stars Shiloh Fernandez (“Evil Dead”), Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”) and Rumer Willis (“Sorority Row”). The intense psychological thriller stars Pike as Miranda, a small town nurse who gets attacked during a home invasion by a mysterious stranger (Fernandez). Following his arrest, »
- Jeff Sneider
9 items from 2015
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