Genre:  Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: September 13, 2019 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg
DVD: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray: December 10, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 2.75
based on 8 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park, Amanda Crew, Lexy Kolker


A paranoid father (Emile Hirsch) locks his seven-year-old daughter Chloe (Lexy Kolker) in their dilapidated house, warning her of mysterious dangers outside. He even teaches her to use an assumed identity if they're ever separated, and has a panic room if he ever doesn't come back from one of his forays to the grocery store.

Chloe wants desperately to get outside and makes a break for it one day when her sleep-deprived father drifts off. But the outside world isn't quite as she imagined it. For one thing, the light is disorienting. The neighbors, whom her father warned her about, are boring. She meets an ice cream vendor called Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern), who gives her a scoop of chocolate ice cream and tells her about her mother.

This is the beginning of an unravelling of mysteries as Chloe begins to see her mother around the house and comes to believe she's still alive. As layers of deception are peeled back, a government agency closes in, putting Chloe and her father in danger.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. Director Zach Lipovsky and some of the cast members are Canadian.

Director: Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment
Producer(s): Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein, Jordan Barber, Mitchell Waxman
Screenplay: Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein
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  • 4 stars "I thought this film has real flashes of cinematic brilliance for what seems to be a lower budgeted film. A job well done by this new directing duo and of course Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern turn in grounding performances. The most impressive creative performance comes from the newcomer Lexy Kolker. Lipovsky and Stein have shown their ability to balance great technical filmmaking with a sensitive approach toward their actors reminiscent of early Spielberg films. I look forward to seeing more from this directing team!"
  • 1 star "Do we really need a remake of Freaks?"