Re-home: Final Girls Berlin Review. Re-Home sets its very short story in a not too distant future where the wall between Mexico and North America has been built and the cost of living is high, so much so that people are forced to be re-homed like pets.
Maria (Gigi Saul Guerrero) is moving into her new home, a place Laura (Kasey Lansdale) and her husband Matt (Morgan Peter Brown) call Future Horizons. Once there, Maria is greeted very warmly and made to feel at home, even having dinner ready for her when she and her baby arrive.
Obviously a little scared and cautious about her new home, the tension never eases in Maria’s new situation – especially when her baby is taken out of her hands as if it was all part of the service that Maria’s new housemates like to provide.
Then the tone very quickly changes and the fears of not only Maria, but that of the audience are confirmed to be far more intimidating, swift and final for Maria as Laura and Matt’s plans for her are put into action. However, its short format and predictable setting are over far too quickly leaving the audience with little to no surprises.
Anybody with a passing knowledge of horror in cinema, literature or television would know what was about to happen to Maria. From Lansdale’s eerily friendly demeanour, Brown’s patronising manner and even when the audience is told that the place Maria has found herself is called Future Horizons, the audience knows that there is something wrong with this place and Maria should get out as fast as she can.
Being so short, the film does get to the point rather quickly which means there is very little time for exposition which would be a blessing in most films. Unfortunately, there is very little to play on, leaving mostly everything up to the imaginations of the audience which suggests that the film doesn’t really achieve what it sets out to do.
Even the explanation about the Mexico/American border wall is very briefly touched on, coming across as a comment on what is is now rather than it being fully built in the not too distant future.
If Re-Home intended to show how a scene can be set up where something happens and little explanation is given then it does exactly what it intended.
However, if it was trying to make a comment on the current state of America and what may be just around the corner, then a little more explanation would have been needed to make the audience wish that they could see more.
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