The strangeness of that sexual tension where hatred should be can’t help but bring a smile to your face.
Sadly, while it’s the one moment of absurdity that appears intentional, it isn’t the only absurd occurrence.
Our new point of empathy is Allie Westbrook (Tammin Sursok, bringing soap opera broadness from “The Young and the Restless” and “Pretty Little Liars”), the tough-as-nails sister to Lucy readying for a war to retrieve the deceased’s head so her family has a body to bury whole.
But you quickly discover that even Soisson’s best intentions are ultimately hampered by half-baked execution throughout.
So intent on providing red herrings, he never allows us to know anyone other than through two-dimensional labels like “soon-to-be-victim” and “potential killer”—sometimes simultaneously.
We feared for Lucy because while we assumed she’d be going out the way of Drew Barrymore in Scream, we didn’t know when or how.
With Allie we know the pattern as well as the certainty she’ll survive if only because Soisson needs her to be our heroine.
Soisson executes the suspense nicely by having Lucy interact with a horny neighbor (Russell Geoffrey Banks), her friend on the computer, and the eventual homicidal maniac set to chop her head off with a hatchet.
We go back and forth as our helpless stranger in a strange land attempts to figure out what’s happening, all the while animated emojis breathe fiery “LOLs” and “nudge” her screen in a violent quake.A horror/thriller pitting the murderer of a young American in Bangkok against the victim’s sister for either vengeance or a smart getaway somehow finds itself culminating in a weirdly romantic vibe of lost loves sending gifts via post to remember the lovely time they had in Thailand.It’s the biggest left turn since The Truth About Charlie‘s mediocre by the numbers remake shifting to memorable WTF whimsy for its final five minutes. The weirdest part of Joel Soisson‘s finish, however, is that I kind of liked it.Personal videolink has additional amazing feature -- you can receive video calls directly into your browser!Perhaps Batman would pick up this videolink to talk with citizens of Gotham: https://videolink2.me/batman Thats how all people see page of Batman: So in case of emergency anybody can just talk with Batman via videolink instead of using old school spotlight.The latter is a problem beyond condoning taboo because this is a horror film.