Fans of a particular genre of film tend to want to watch anything that comes out in that niche, whether it’s a blockbuster or an alternative production. When you open up the field of possibilities, the offers multiply, and, in the vast world of productions of a genre like suspense for example, it is possible to find real pearls stuck between a block of dragsters, even to find the first works of a new director or director who, who knows, in the long term, could become someone of renown on the market. An example of this second group, the thriller ‘Goodbye, butterfly’ is now arriving on rental on demand platforms.
Ryan (Adam Donshik), Jessie (Jennifer Adams) and Mia (Addison Ross) make the perfect family. Mia is a super smart kid with a strong opinion. But when Mia, who is the center of this family’s world, goes missing, what’s left? Ryan finds himself in revenge, justice, or just plain rage when his daughter, Mia, is kidnapped and brutally murdered. The immediate suspect is the neighbor, Stan Granger (Andy Lauer, of ‘Iron Man 3’). Convinced that he sees one of his daughter’s favorite toys in Granger’s hands, Ryan sets out on the path to revenge. Ryan knows he can’t do it alone, so he turns to an old boxing buddy and the only ex-con he knows to implement a completely insane plan: kidnap Stan and force him to confess.
Written and directed by Tyler Wayne – who also plays the best friend and ex-con who agrees to step into the hole with Ryan no matter what that might do to his life – in just over an hour and a half ” Goodbye, Butterfly ”turns out to be a very, very weak suspense, one of which we have the distinct impression that this is the first (or one of the first) works of the guy as a director. And that’s okay, because it shows that you are gaining experience in the field and learning.
It turns out that, as a thriller, ‘Goodbye, butterfly’ leaves a lot to be desired. The whole drama of the missing child and the expected desperation of the family is sped up in time from the start, as if it wasn’t the heart of the film; Once the child is presumed dead, the protagonist embarks on a quest to find the real culprit and immediately falls back on a suspect who, in turn, becomes the sole suspect in the entire movie. So all this game of deceiving the viewer, of giving a series of possibilities and, in the end, of bringing a revealing touch, does not take place in this production.
With a very irregular staging, which decided to insert the same sickening piano music into all the dramatic and transitional scenes, ‘Au revoir, Papillon’ is a very sleepy thriller, which even had potential, but whose end result is closer to a production of a student who strengthens in the labor market. It is worth watching something from a new director in the field, if you are one of those people who like to find new talent in the world of cinema.
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