Awhile back I was fortunate enough to see a sneak peek screening of the upcoming dramatic thriller No Return. Directed by Nic White, No Return follows the dark descent of family man Stanley Poe (Paul Stelzer). Despite his seemingly pleasant demeanor, Stanley’s ill advised decisions lead him down an increasingly disturbing path. Today I’ll be sharing my non spoiler thoughts on the film and what you’ll be able to expect when seeing No Return this coming October (2020).
One of the things I loved about No Return was the buildup of tension within Stanley’s character. A tense, disturbing, dramatic thriller should be similar to a car crash that you can’t look away from. No Return nails this perfectly. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse for Stanley I would be hit with another powerful scene. Every moment was tense, disturbing, and technically well done. Along with Stanley, Elizabeth (Amber Reno) also did an amazing job and was a standout in the film.
In the conclusion of No Return some of the character’s choices ended up being slightly questionable for me. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, as good dramatic thrillers should leave the audience wondering what they would do in that situation. I imagine it will be exciting to hear people’s reactions to the film as I can confirm that the last moments of No Return pack a punch.
Overall, I really enjoyed No Return. It’s a hell of a film that really showcases a new direction that filmmaker Nic White wanted to explore. It’s definitely a departure from the dark comedic elements that were a large part of his earlier films. This is a fantastic entry into exploring a different genre and I am really looking forward to seeing what’s next.
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