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Backtrack (2015)

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A psychotherapist has nightmares and sinister visions. Ghosts? Is it more than his daughter's death causing this? He returns to his childhood home and dad to put things to rest.

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Michael Petroni

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Michael Petroni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Peter Bower
Jenni Baird ... Carol Bower
Bruce Spence ... Felix
Greg Poppleton ... Charles
Barbara Gouskos ... Patient #3
Jill McKay Jill McKay ... Patient #4
Sam Neill ... Duncan Stewart
Anna Lise Phillips ... Erica George
Chloe Bayliss ... Elizabeth Valentine
Emma O'Farrell Emma O'Farrell ... Evie Bower
Malcolm Kennard ... Barry
Matthew Sunderland ... Steve, Barry's Brother
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... William Bower
Robin McLeavy ... Barbara Henning
Jesse Hyde ... Young Peter
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Storyline

Psychologist Peter Bower's life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers a strange secret about his patients. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right. But is the reward worth risking more than a single life? Written by Bankside Films

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Nothing haunts like the past.


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Rated R for violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Filmed in various locations across two Australian states, Victoria and New South Wales. See more »

Connections

References Happy Days (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Only You
Lyrics & Music by Dale Cornelius
Vocals by Lucy Massouris
Lapsteel Guitar, Bass and Drums by Anthony "Barney" Spicer
Recorded by Anthony "Barney" Spicer
Recorded at Barnarts Productions
Mixed by Christian Scallan
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A well paced mystery/horror that keeps you hooked till the end.
20 April 2016 | by augusts-bautraSee all my reviews

Backtrack starts off setting the mood. From the opening credits and first few minutes you know that Peter Bower (played by Adrien Brody) and his wife, Carol (Jenni Baird) are regaining their footing in life after some terrible incident.

Peter works in some psychiatric capacity, seeing patients. The weather is drab, the routine - taking it's toll, home life is yet in shambles. First cracks start to appear as odd occurrences, then things get progressively more inexplicable and Peter comes to shocking realizations, explanations to which must be sought in his past, back at his home town...

It is rather commendable that Backtrack manages to start off disguising itself as a psychology mystery, but slowly progresses into a cool detective.

I was not a fan of the cheap jump-scares, I would have liked Peter's confusion and anxiety communicated differently. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy the ghost story symbolisms of doors that just won't stay shut, pages that just won't burn etc.

Cinematography in Backtrack is very well done - colors and lighting always play well with the tone of scenes, especially the dark and shadowy beginning portraying hopelessness and brightness in the end signifying new vitality.

The classical score is also to be praised - it works well to accent the continually growing suspense of the story.

The unkempt Brody works extremely well as the morally crushed Peter Bower, definitely matured since the 2005s The Jacket, shining in key scenes like "saying her name" and "after confession". Honorable mention to Robin McLeavy's senior constable Barbara Henning, portraying sensible competence and also managing to be the damsel in distress when necessary.

Backtrack is not perfect. "Some characters were not developed enough" is a legitimate complaint. "That scene did not make sense/was unnecessary" is also an understandable criticism. Nevertheless, the movie does not bore, nor does it get tripped up by it's own flaws on the way of delivering a convincing mystery that always hangs by the last thread to make sense of it all.

8/10, would backtrack again.


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English

Release Date:

29 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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2.35 : 1
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