Spain / USA 2019
Borja Pena, Emma Lustres, Juan Sola, Jaume Collet-Serra for Ombra Films, Vaca Films
directed by Pedro C. Alonso
starring Eddie Marsan, Paul Anderson, Ivana Baquero, Richard Brake, Oliver Coopersmith, Anthony Head, Alana Boden, Alexis Rodney, Nacho Aldeguer, Stephen Hughes (voice), Lis Torrón (voice), Garrett Wall (voice)
story by Pedro C. Alonso, screenplay by Pedro C. Alonso, Beto Bussi, music by Sergio Moure
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Jarvis (Eddie Marsan) radio show has come to quite some acclaim and
notoriety because he's very outspoken and doesn't shy away from
inconvenient truths. Then one day, he's to interview his former partner
Andrew (Paul Anderson), and despite Andrew being a bit of a prick, that
show really ought to be a breeze - only it isn't because helped by the
show's novice producer Claire (Ivana Baquero), two masked (Richard Brake,
Oliver Coopersmith) men enter the studio, threaten everyone, and make
Jarvis ask Andrew questions that make him admit to raping a girl and
letting her die from an overdose - upon which the younger of the two
(Coopersmith), who later turns out to be the dead girl's boyfriend, kills
Andrew. But the nightmare isn't over yet, as the older of the two (Brake)
is the dead girl's father, and Claire an eye witness, and she claims
Jarvis had to do something with her death as well. Jarvis though isn't one
to admit to just anything because he's threatened, and he's nothing if not
inventive, so before long he plays the three against one another, shifts
the blame around, and makes an escape that almost succeeds until he finds
out the intruders hold his own daughter (Alana Boden) hostage. And this
then is where things start to spin completely out of control ...
Head plays Jarvis' boss, and though he's not essential to the plot, he
sets the tone for the piece and is instrumental for its cynical ending.
being a dialogue piece mostly, this is a tight little thriller, and
limiting itself to only a handful of interior locations (with the main one
being the studio of course) only adds to the immediacy of the situation.
And of course, a thougth through structure and sharp dialogue help to keep
the tension up, as does a dynamic directorial effort. On top of that, the
cast is pretty much first rate, all of which make Feedback a
thriller of the mustn't-miss variety.