Poor story, good film.
Robin Moss from London, United Kingdom
16 March 2013
When a film is made very cheaply and within an extremely tight shooting
schedule, the result is often embarrassing to watch. If such a film is
adapted from a story by a much respected author, the narrative may hold
the audience's attention even though the film has been badly made.
Return To Sender reverses this expectation. Despite having been made in
20 days on a minimal budget, Return To Sender is a well made film with
a sloppy narrative, based on a story by Edgar Wallace.
A corporate fraudster is arrested for stealing a large sum of money
from his partners. He is informed that a particularly brilliant and
persistent barrister will lead the prosecution against him. To
undermine the credibility of the barrister, the fraudster engages the
services of a sleazy individual who specialises in dirty tricks and
smear tactics. The plan is set in motion but the fraudster intends to
twist it to ruin both the barrister and the scheme's architect.
The central premise of Return To Sender does not make sense because
evidence in a case is obtained by the police, not the prosecuting
barrister. The story is further weakened by relying on two totally
implausible coincidences and the final nail in the coffin is that the
fraudster has no reason to betray the man he has hired.
Despite the very poor material, Return To Sender is an enjoyable movie.
Most of the acting is quite good and it is probable that with a longer
shooting schedule, the acting would have been better still. Geoffrey
Keen and Nigel Davenport were two ultra professional actors and both
give excellent performances. William Russell is consistently
interesting as the seemingly unemotional black arts practitioner. The
exuberantly feminine Yvonne Romain overplays her role slightly. It
would have been better if she had not delivered her lines so forcefully
and had spoken a little more slowly, but she is so good-looking that
many viewers will not care!
The camera work is admirable. As is so often the case in films shot
very quickly, few camera set-up were used, obliging the actors to move
about within the compositions.
Return To Sender is today almost forgotten but it is still worth
watching despite the weak story line.
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