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Reclaim – Movie Review
“I will get us out of this. I promise!” ~ Steven
Ryan Phillippe and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight and White House Down), play Steven and Shannon, a young American couple who travel abroad to adopt. While most people want to adopt infants, the couple adopts Nina, an older girl. Once they pick Nina up from the agency, a series of unusual events start to occur. The problem begins with the mysterious passport that seems to take forever to materialize for Nina. Next, they meet a nefarious group that manages to pop up wherever the young family travels. The problems come to a head when Steven runs into the group at a bar, because the next day their newly adopted daughter disappears.
Reclaim is a movie full of highs and lows in regards to plot and acting. Phillippe does an adequate job of playing a doting father and loving husband. The movie won’t be complete if he didn’t have a dark past he was trying to hide. Lefevre’s running scenes will bring back strong memories of her action sequences in the Twilight movies, though one has to wonder why she makes so much noise while trying to escape. Cusack plays Benjamin, head of the human trafficking ring. Unfortunately wearing a hoodie, skinny jeans and obviously dyed hair, he looks more like an aging teenager smoking a cigar than a bad guy. Briana Roy, is adorable as the young adoptee. In addition, the movie sometimes seems to forget its own story lines. For example, don’t forget to tell us what happened with the adoption agency!
The movie is full of twist and turns. Many times I was lead to believe that one thing would happen when something totally different occurred. In fact, this movie had me sitting on the edge of my seat and unwilling to hit pause or leave the room. Embarrassingly enough , I often found myself talking to the characters, “stop making so much noise they’ll hear you!”
Reclaim attempts to tackle two very tough issues – human trafficking and corrupt adoption. Unfortunately the movie is so focused on the action, both issues tend to take a back seat. I’m not sure the movie really does justice to bringing both issues to the attention of the audience despite the public service announcement at the end of the film. I’m sure that the announcement was lost during the mass exodus of movie-watchers from the theater.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for an action movie centering on a very good-looking couple, this is the movie for you.
I would rate this movie a 3 out of 5.
Runtime: 90 minutes
Release Date: 19 September 2014 (USA)
Rating: R for language and some violence
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