Recovery (2016) Review


The night before high school graduation, Jessie and her friends decide to go out for a night of partying. It’s only when her friend Kim disappears with Jessie’s phone that the night goes downhill. Jessie’s brother uses the “track my iPhone” app and the two siblings, along with Jessie’s date Logan follow it. They are taken to a sketchy house in a sketchy neighborhood and discover a weird and creepy family that has no intention of letting the group leave.

Recovery is one of those movies that is basically unbearable from beginning to end, and you continue to wonder why you’re still even watching it, but continue to do so in hopes of it getting better, but it doesn’t. The film is basically The People Under the Stairs combined with Don’t Breathe, but more teen-oriented, and for the phone-obsessed groups. For starters, the characters completely unbearable. They make dumbest decisions ever, they’re annoying, and really no personalities whatsoever. The main character seems to be more obsessed with getting her phone back more than anything because it “has so much dirt on her.” Quite frankly I don’t know if we are supposed to take this movie seriously or not. The tone feels like you should, but the characters and some of the horrible attempts at humor and dialogue say otherwise. As I suffered through this film, I was waiting for the plot to develop somehow, and it never does. The family’s motives and the backstory is vague bordering non-existent. Sure, not everything needs to be spelled out, but in this case you want to know what the hell their deal is, but it’s never explained. By explaining this, it would have at least helped push the plot somewhere. Instead we have the annoying leads splitting up throughout the house and eventually pursued by the house loonies. All of this leads to the ending which is just as frustrating and senseless like everything prior. To top it all off, the acting is god-awful, and no effort seems to be put forward by the cast, and they come off as dry and wooden throughout the whole thing. The only exception is Rachel DiPillo who plays Kim, while doesn’t give much of a good performance either, is at least given an opportunity towards the end to actually provide a small portion of good acting. That is really the only good part about this movie, and frankly I’m just being generous.



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