Each piece of the puzzle fits together seamlessly thanks to great performances from the main players. The structure of the film sees the actors playing two versions of their characters simultaneously, highlighting the stark contrast of their lives before the disappearance of Jeremy and after. Edgerton leads confidently, playing the suspicious husband with a heavily solemn conscience. Both he and Price gel effectively as spouses, together delivering one of the film's greatest and frighteningly realistic showdowns. Meanwhile, bright young thing Palmer is captivating as the sister, bringing her own secrets to the mix and adds great angst to the ever mounting and unrelenting conflict.
Events unfold beneath the aesthetic sheen of hot, hot heat and steady, intricate pacing ensures that even when the holiday is over and the sun has gone down, the temperature is cranked to boiling point and the characters, as well as audience are made to sweat through the tension. Enthralling, challenging and evocative, the strength of the drama is in the tight grip of its mystery, which remains protected with utmost care, until the film's final, and almost alarmingly abrupt act. Wish You Were Here is a rewarding and unpredictable thriller from Darcy-Smith, who proves with this remarkably confident feature that he has a promising directorial career ahead.
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