Backtrack DVD Review
“Backtrack” is a decent, but flawed horror-mystery.
In “Backtrack,” the story revolves around a psychiatrist (Peter) who (along with his wife) is working through problems of losing a daughter (Evie). In a strange turn of events, Peter meets a troubled young girl (Elizabeth) who he initially thinks is a patient, but that turns out to not be the case. In fact, his “patients” may be anything but. As he tries to figure out what is going on, he is led back to his home town of False Creek where his retired father lives. It is here that he learns the truth of his disturbing experiences.
If “Backtrack” sounds a bit like “The Sixth Sense” that is because it certainly has many similar elements to that 1999 film (including a Shyalaman esque twist ending). However, this film is definitely more of a psychological mystery-horror film that deals with the mind, trauma, and the past. Yes, this is one of those “the past isn’t through with you” type stories which seem to pop up frequently these days. If you can look past the generic or familiar qualities of the film, however, you’ll find a fairly poignant story. Unlike a lot of horror films (especially the super violent ones), “Backtrack” deserves some credit for having something to say. Granted, if you ponder the ghostly elements or the “why” of certain moments it doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, but the flaws don’t ruin he movie overall.
Content aside, Adrien Brody deserves praise here for essentially carrying the movie on his back as Peter. The story lives and dies by the character and he makes it feel convincing. It’s also nice to see veteran Australian actor Bruce Spence in a small role as well.
Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? The DVD transfer is crisp.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? It’s a solid track overall. The score does the heavy lifting here.
Extras include a digital copy, Lionsgate trailers, and a 5 minute featurette titled “The Psychology of Backtrack.”
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