The Rental


The Rental starts from an interesting suspense film formula: Not knowing what will be the trigger that creates the action. That's why, since the beginning, it introduces different elements in the plot that have the chance of generating something unexpected. Still, in the end, you don't know where it could be.

I also appreciate that the film takes the time to get you involved in the life situation of these two brothers when they decided to rent a luxury cabin in the woods to spend the weekend with their girlfriends. It moves through themes like racism, codependency and personality patterns, but does its climax have the necessary force to keep you in tension? I think not.

As I mentioned before, they are not disposable characters or "baits" for the psychopath on duty. However, when we are finally in the peek of the climax the moments of tension become quite predictable, or at least, nothing really memorable happens that will stick in your head once the end credits roll.

It has an attractive current premise, which combines the group dynamics and a cast that in the hands of a more experienced director (Sorry Dave Franco, I know it's your debut as a director) would have worked better.

As it does in those final minutes where he lets his imagination run free, The Rental seems entertaining and funny to watch. Still, it had the potential to be one of the best thrillers of 2020.