Welcome Home is a 2018 thriller directed by George Ratliff and starring Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Riccardo Scamarcio (John Wick: Chapter 2).
“Cassie (Ratajkowski) and Bryan (Paul) spend a weekend at a vacation rental home in the Italian countryside in an attempt to repair their relationship, but soon become victims of the homeowner’s (Scamarcio) sinister plans.”
Simplicity is the name of the game with Welcome Home as the main characters are the only ones we’ll be dealing with for 95% of the run-time. The movie really is as simple as a troubled couple being terrorised by a third party, whose intentions aren’t always clear or consistent. And whilst a larger plot is hinted in the final moments, it has little bearing over the actual events of the film and the re-contextualisation somewhat weakens the threat of the main villain.
But the strength of a movie of this ilk lies with the cast, all of whom perform admirably. I’m not very familiar with Ratajkowski’s work but she definitely brings the erotic to this erotic thriller, whilst Scamarcio does a fine job bringing threat and menace to his role. Paul is the standout in the cast, easily giving the most to do and therefore having the majority of the screen time to remind us why he is such a watchable actor.
There’s very few set pieces (other than an astonishing number of shower scenes) as the movie favours slowly building to a big climax over consistent edge-of-your-seat thrills. Thankfully the character drama and performances are enough to carry the film but leads to an overall unmemorable watch.
Check out Welcome Home if you are in the mood for a character driven, close quarters erotic thriller with a limited scope but some beautiful scenery.
Welcome Home is now available on VOD