Tribeca Film Festival Review: Familiar Thriller 'Replicas' Boasts Strong Leads

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by David D'Arcy
April 22, 2012 3:07 PM
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'Replicas'
If you’re out in the woods in a mansion, don’t open the door to strangers. If you do, and you happen to be in a movie, prepare to be at the wrong end of a shotgun. (Clip is here.)

“Replicas,” the feature debut of Jeremy Power Regimbal, is a thriller about a family that is held hostage in its own dream house. Selma Blair and Josh Close play a rich couple, Mark and Mary Hughes, who just lost a daughter in a car accident. They take to the country with their son to recover. What seemed like a good idea turns into horror in Close’s script. Early one morning another couple (James D’Arcy and Rachel Miner) with their son (Alex Ferris) arrives, bringing wood and asking uncomfortable questions. Things get worse when the strange couple’s son puts a knife to the other boy’s throat. Soon, the rich couple’s dog is shot, they’re held at gunpoint, and torture tightens the screws.

It sounds a bit like “Straw Dogs,” even more like “Funny Games” by Michael Haneke, but if you get beyond the quoting, and there are volumes of it, you’ll see surprising emotional range from Selma Blair, and an unsettling jittery fury from James D’Arcy (no relation), as a psychopath who decides that he is the real Mark Hughes. Both Blair and D’Arcy will get praise for these roles.
 

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3 Comments

  • Juliet | April 28, 2012 2:46 PMReply

    mmm very interesting..the cast seems great, Blair is a great actress when she has good material, i remember Miner in Bully she was great on it and Darcy can also be good..Does this movie get prizes in festivals ? Too bad there is not much buzz about it...

  • Ward | April 23, 2012 12:47 PMReply

    While it does bear a few overt similarities to the films mentioned above, Replicas is original and satisfying on its own merits, both technical and narrative - from cinematography that captures the beautiful and sinister mystery of the western Canadian forests to the subtly developed psychological traumas that simmer under the surface of every scene before finally splitting open in the film's relentless third act. This review is right to point out Blair and D'Arcy's performances, but Close is also tremendously assured as the tormented Mark Hughes, and Rachel Miner gives an eerie, surprisingly nuanced performance as a character who is both menacingly deluded and sadly innocent. It is a film worth checking out, and one that signals Regimbal and Close as talents worth keeping an eye on.

  • bob | April 22, 2012 3:22 PMReply

    I don't think Alex Ferris was Kevin.

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