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Playback (2012)

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A cop investigates the case of a missing local teen, though he discovers a dark secret that has been unleashed in his town, and an evil spirit that will stop at nothing to find its heir.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Bonczyk Luke Bonczyk ... Harlan Diehl
Jana Veldheer Jana Veldheer ... Susie Diehl
Johnny Pacar ... Julian Miller
Ambyr Childers ... Riley
Alessandra Torresani ... Brianna Baker
Jennifer Missoni ... DeeDee Baker
Jonathan Keltz ... Nate
Dorien Davies ... Ms. Milton
Toby Hemingway ... Quinn
Kenny Stevenson ... Co-Worker
Mark Metcalf ... Chris Safford
Bernard McConnell Bernard McConnell ... Cop
Christian Slater ... Frank Lyons
Lisa Jane Todd ... Anne Miller
Daryl Mitchell ... Wylie (as Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell)
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Storyline

When a group of high school students dig into their town's infamous past they unwittingly unlock an Evil that corrupts and destroys them. Possessing its victims through video playback and using them for malevolent purposes, it closes in on one specific soul, threatening to expose the town's deepest, darkest secret. Written by John Gibbons

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Picture. Evil.

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content/nudity and some teen partying | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Playback: Bloodline See more »

Filming Locations:

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$252, 18 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$252, 18 March 2012
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1.78 : 1
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When the kids are filming in the car, Julian grabs a squeeze bottle of blood from Deedee. When he puts the fake blood on Nate, it's an open cup of blood, then he grabs the squeeze bottle. See more »

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References XII (2008) See more »

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Promise Me
Written by Mat Devine
Performed by Kill Hannah
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Has its moments, worth watching.
27 January 2013 | by nitzanhavocSee all my reviews

I don't usually do this, but some of you might stumble upon a review by IMDb username tlsmith-569-716188 as the visible review on this film's page. Aside from mistaking Christian Slater for Christian Bale, it's obviously biased and written by either someone who took part in the making of this film, or someone to related to such a person. Do your part and click "no". We deserve more integrity.

Having said that, let's get back to "Playback". I must say that while I did enjoy watching it, I couldn't help but finding the screenplay and story lacking. The idea is nice while not all that original (The Ring has already given us "evil from a videotape" and this was simply too similar), but the twist was too obvious and predictable. A good plot twist is one where the balance between the hints given and the element of surprise upon the discovery is kept. In this case - the hints were too thick, and the surprise was gone. That might be because I'm a Horror freak and have watched many Horror and Thriller films, but I can't help but expect more.

The second thing, which was really sad for me, was Christian Slater's roll. Oh my, how the great ones have fallen and been humbled to a shady background role of a semi-pedophile creep. I'd hate to think that after his illustrious career Slater has been degraded to his role here. Depressing.

However, while not being the best film ever, Playback is far from being bad. The effects and cinematography were very impressive, the original indie-rock soundtrack was great and is in my opinion good enough to purchase if available, and the way some of the scenes shot by the kids in the movie end up realized by the killer was very nice. But the best thing about this film is for sure Toby Hemingway's acting (and a great job by the make-up department). Hemingway was superb, and I look forward to seeing him in other films!

All in all, like I've mentioned, Playback wasn't the best film ever, nor the worst. It had its moment, and while it could have been a lot better - it could have been a lot worse too. I personally rate it a 6, but recommend that you give it a shot.


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