A vacationing couple is put by way of a very grueling spherical of marriage counseling in “Held,” a thriller that regardless of being clumsy manages to carry viewers’ consideration longer than anticipated.
It is the sort of try-anything suspense story that throws a lot on the market it tends to morph into one thing new each quarter-hour or so.
It begins off with Emma Barrett (Jill Awbrey, who wrote the movie) being pushed to a trip residence in a distant location. Nobody is round for miles, and her driver asks a couple of too many questions and acts somewhat too creepy. Higher keep watch over him.
When her husband, Henry (Bart Johnson), arrives, it is clear there is a wedge between them, and so they’re not rekindling their romance as deliberate. By morning, they notice there’s been an intruder of their home in a single day, and so they’re being watched through digital camera, like final 12 months’s Airbnb-from-hell horror film “The Rental.”
Then they hear a voice that feels like Jigsaw from the “Noticed” movies, telling them to “obey” him and that “disobedience has penalties.” It appears that evidently whereas they have been sleeping they have been outfitted with electrical shock mechanisms behind their ears, and the voice is instructing them to revert to antiquated roles of husband and spouse, a la Ward and June Cleaver. Simply what’s going on right here?
“Held” has a couple of extra methods up its sleeve, and it is acquired moxie, together with a twist that recollects the hatch in “Misplaced” and a contemporary subversion of conventional gender roles and #MeToo ideology.