Director: Kim Farrant
Starring: Leighton Meester, Christina Wolfe, Luke Norris, Amar Bukvić, Ziad Bakri
The Weekend Away is a Netflix’s thriller, directed by Kim Farrant based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Alderson. It feels like an airport novel, as it is easy to watch, keeps a quick pace and there are plenty of twists and turns, some you’ll see coming and some you won’t.
Kate (Christina Wolfe) invites her best friend Beth (Leighton Meester) for a weekend away in Croatia, after Kate’s divorce. After a night out Kate goes missing and Beth must uncover the truth of what’s happened as she becomes the police’s main suspect in Kate’s disappearance.
The first half an hour or so of the film feels like The Hangover if it was a thriller and not a comedy. Beth wakes up, barely remembering the night before, but knows her friend is missing. She retraces her steps to find clues to Kate’s whereabouts and slowly uncovers the truth. The film then shifts gears once it’s revealed that Kate was murdered, and evidence is starting to point towards Beth.
As secrets are uncovered everyone becomes a suspect at one point or another. From Kate’s ex-husband, a taxi driver, the apartment owner where Kate and Beth stay, to even the police officer dealing with the case. The film keeps a quick pace with new twists thrown at you in quick succession, especially as the film reaches the final act. Some of them, like the apartment owner, you’ll see it coming as he’s odd from the first moment he’s on screen, which is before Kate even goes missing, but there are other twists that aren’t as obvious and keep you engaged throughout the story.
Some of the acting is very questionable at points, where it almost becomes laughable. It’s not completely distracting, but very noticeable with unnatural dialogue. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from something like this. It does take away some of the tension that should be there because the characters don’t feel very real.
The Weekend Away is an entertaining thriller. It’s not excellent, but it’s enjoyable and passes the time if you can’t find anything else to watch on Netflix this weekend.
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