Held ★★

The institution of marriage is the main premise that powers Held. A couple celebrating their anniversary is tested mentally and physically by a unknown assailant disguised by a creepy voice modulator and demands obedience by his unassuming victims. The story has promise in the exploration of how infidelity and secrets can cause strife between two lovers albeit the social commentary that gets rolled out in the end is on the nose and doesn’t add virtue to the predictable twists and turns that comes right when expected. The two lead characters share no vestige of chemistry nor the gravitas to make the viewer care about their ultimate fate. Patches of slowness harm the relay race of the narrative and I found myself waiting for something exciting to happen since the thrills lend themselves to a greatest hits done better by other films in the suspense genre.


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