Emotionally tormented after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman,
Claire decides to leave Los Angeles and
move home to Chicago. She packs up her
life and drives the long journey across country hoping to escape her reality. Along the way she finds another reality that is far worse.
Written By: Megan Freels
Directed By: Megan Freels
The mind reels at the conclusion of Rebound. I'm not saying it's a bad ending by any stretch - in fact, the film itself is actually rather good. What I'm saying is that it's all familiar territory, more or less up till the very last scene. I think I'm getting ahead of myself though so let's go back a notch as I ask myself what I should talk about regarding Megan Freels Feature Film. To start let me say the creation of a Feature film is a task worthy of five stars. Writing a screenplay good enough to hold my attention for that amount of time should be worth a six. At the heart of Rebound, however, are two main performances by Ashley James and Mark Scheibmeir that really pull this piece together. I can admit that at times the characters were underplayed or highly overplayed, but not so much as to loose the overall great performances from the two. The only real complaint is that a seemingly simple scene, comes across as 'written and clunky,' followed by a rather complex display of emotions that flow to your eyes with near perfection. In the end though, the performance from the two leads is easy enough to praise in my books- given the complex nature of emotions they are given to portray.
Following the plot was rather easy thanks to a competent writing style and a knack for pacing. The majority of Rebound flowed effortlessly across my screen. My only real complaint was some slight drag at one point during the film. The cross country adventure, so to speak. If I were to guess, I would say there was some footage added in to extend the run time which sounds good in theory. In practice though Rebound could have still come across as a Feature Film with 5-8 minutes shaved off the top. Sometimes it's better to keep it short and lean. I think the extra few minutes actually contributed to the loss of half a mark from the total rating. As much as I enjoyed the film I remember looking at the "Time Remaining" stamp close to the end of the movie. A few minutes can sometimes mean a lot.
On the technical side Rebound fares very well for an Indie flick. Some nice editing and a well recorded (For the most part) audio track compliment the style of the script and the actors portrayals. All in all a great Post Job have complimented Rebound greatly.
Like I wrote at the start regarding the ending of this movie. It's very strange. I completely understand the nature of the ending and what direction they decided to take, I'm just not 100% sure it was the right one. Or maybe it was the right way to go and that's why it's stuck in my head. Who's to say. I can say that it left me a little speechless and I suppose that's a good thing no matter how you want to look at it. Rebound is a good flick to kill some time with. We've seen a lot of what it has to offer but that can be said about most of today's films. Megan Freels does manage to take familiar material and put a fresh stamp on it, making it hers. That's got to be worth something.
Would I watch this again? Would I rent it or by it? Hell ya! Rebound is a great way to spend an hour and a half! The ending? Let's just say that love it or hate it, it will get ya thinking. I promise.
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