THE GOOD NEIGHBOR (2022) 7 psychological thriller reviews
‘Fear what’s next’
the good neighbor is a 2022 thriller in which a budding friendship takes a tragic turn when one of them runs over a young woman.
Written and directed by Stephan Rick, the film is an English-language remake of his 2011 German film of the same name.
The Altit Media Group-Forma Pro Films production stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Luke Kleintank, Bruce Davison and Eloise Smyth.
A nightmarish evening unfolds for neighbors David (Luke Kleintank) and Robert (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) when they accidentally hit a woman on a bicycle and flee. While David is increasingly plagued by feelings of guilt, Robert shows no remorse and becomes overbearing and possessive.
When David meets Vanessa (Eloise Smyth), the victim’s sister, he submits to reckless passion and an underlying sense of redemption before realizing that Robert will do untold things to protect their secret…
“While most viewers will understand the ending before it’s resolved, the few intricacies with Robert’s character are well handled and worth going through. Because it bears repeating, the cinematography is exceptionally good and such a great setting. Film Gate reviews
“the good neighbor lacks the fierce thrills and over-the-top characterizations that crazy new bestie movies like this so badly need […] Despite an R rating, the violence feels sanitized and the rougher edges sanded down. Without filthy hook or original angle, the good neighbor ends up feeling like a tired retread in familiar territory. 2/5 Joe at the movies
“Thrillers like these unfold in a pretty generic way – in a predictable way. But when the cast is good and the focus is narrowed down to two people who could be three, with each stranger a new “threat” of discovery summarily addressed, it works. And by subtly using his vulnerable but potentially frightening baggage, Meyers makes it easier for us to buy in and the “What is he capable of?” palpable threat…” 2.5/4 movie nation
“Not reinventing the wheel, but still enjoyable. Given that the film is a remake of the director’s original film released over a decade ago, the plot’s predictability may be a result of passing time and familiarity with the genre. What maintains the investment, it is mainly the performance of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Nightmarish conjurations
“It’s an entertaining thriller with at least one very interesting character at its center, making for a solid viewing experience. If there’s anything that will stick in the minds of audiences, it’s bound to be the chilling performance of Meyers. the good neighbor will likely appeal to anyone who wants old-school suspense. 2.5/5 Screen Rant
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