I wasn’t sure what I’d make of Emily Ratajkowski’s new headline film, Welcome Home, knowing her better for her sultry Instagram shots than her acting.
But I was pleasantly surprised by the nail-biting psychological thriller, which has now hit cinemas in the UK and will debut in the U.S. this weekend.
The 97-minute-long movie kept me on the edge of my seat for the duration, with intense moments intersected by moments of humour, and gory scenes lifted by some smouldering sex.
The film stars Gone Girl actress Ratajkowski, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, and the promising talent, Riccardo Scamarcio (The Woman in White, Master of None & John Wick: Chapter 2).
Desperate to reignite the spark in their once passionate relationship, Bryan (Aaron Paul) and Cassie (Emily Ratajkowski) rent a secluded villa in the Italian countryside.
The rambling house seems too good to be true, and it appears it is!
The couples’ romantic weekend is immediately threatened when Cassie befriends a handsome local stranger, Federico (Riccardo Scamarcio), filling Bryan with jealousy.
As Federico gets closer to Cassie, he begins to take advantage of the young couple’s growing mistrust, turning them against each other.
Soon Bryan and Cassie find themselves caught in a deadly and voyeuristic game of cat and mouse, discovering that the person you love the most may be the person you can trust the least.
I don’t want to give too much away, but this thriller will definitely make you think twice before booking accommodation on sites such as Airbnb again!
Along with the gripping plot and character portrayals, I loved the cinematography.
It definitely made me lust after the romance of Italy, with scenic drone shots taking you on flights over rolling green countryside and historic tucked-away towns.
And I’ve become a Ratajkowski convert, impressed by her all-round acting ability which suited the style of film perfectly.
She played through a roller-coaster of emotions and took on roles including the seducer, the seduced, the triumpher and the victim.
Of course, at all times she looked flawless, with a series of cute outfit changes keeping viewers hooked.
After the movie finished I definitely needed an alcoholic beverage. I felt perfectly stressed by the whole ordeal.
I sign of a good, impactful movie!
Welcome Home is now out on UK cinemas and is released in the U.S. on November 16
Why should I watch this?
Strong performances from the whole three cast with Riccardo Scamarcio playing the eerily charming yet menacing antagonist.
Beautiful cinematography highlighting the magic of Italy.
For fans of:
Gone Girl, Fatal Attraction.