Review by Monique Thompson
Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. Before long, what should have been a celebratory weekend trip turns into something far more sinister.
There may not be much rain during the summer months, but the day it does decide to rain, THE RENTAL will be the perfect movie for that indoor movie day/night. After watching THE RENTAL, you’ll definitely start second-guessing yourself before booking your next Airbnb. The rental movies are surely not hard to come by but sometimes it may be a challenge to find one that’s actually a good watch. THE RENTAL is one that’s not the greatest but still a decent film.
Two brothers (Charlie & Josh) travel with their significant others (Mina & Michelle) to an oceanside rental for some celebratory R&R, not aware that their lives will forever change. Upon arriving and meeting the host of the house, Mina isn’t too enthused with the host and already a bit creeped out by his weirdness. Now it’s important to note that Charlie & Mina are business partners but have a very flirty relationship.
Eventually, the couples start to notice that something isn’t quite right with the host of the rental, or so they suppose. One thing about THE RENTAL is that it takes quite a bit of time to actually build-up to the climax of the film. The first 45 or so minutes is slow and is really built on character building. It’s clear that Charlie & Mina’s “working relationship” is a bit awkward and it’s surprising that their spouses haven’t become suspicious. After one of the couples find what they believe to be a hidden camera in the showerhead, you’d think the trip would come to an abrupt end at that point but it doesn’t. After about 45 minutes in, things finally start to come together and move along rather quickly. The characters are pretty solid and the killings arent’ all that bad. (Obviously there will be some killing right, that’s not a spoiler)
I wouldn’t consider THE RENTAL to be a horror at all, more so of a thriller, maybe even a drama. There’s nothing “scary” about this film, but it’s still decent enough to endure during quarantine movie time.
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