THE WEEKEND AWAY (2022) Reviews and overview of Netflix murder mystery thriller – now with a clip!

  

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The Weekend Away is a 2022 American mystery thriller film about a weekend way that leads a woman to be is accused of killing her best friend.

Directed by Kim Farrant from a screenplay written by Sarah Alderson based on her 2020 novel of the same name. Produced by Charlie Morrison, Ben Pugh and Erica Steinberg.

Plot:

Two best friends, Kate and Beth have overcome personal setbacks and no matter what life throws at them, they always look forward to their annual weekend away.

This year they are on a trip to Croatia, and everything is perfect until Beth wakes up to find Kate missing. With only a fuzzy memory of the previous night and the police not helping, her frantic search uncovers devastating secrets closer to home…

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Reviews:

“Some of the acting is very questionable at points, where it almost becomes laughable. It’s not completely distracting, but very noticeable with unnatural dialogue […] The Weekend Away is an entertaining thriller. It’s not excellent, but it’s enjoyable and passes the time if you can’t find anything else to watch…” Ashley Manning

” …a classic Netflix film that takes you on a ride […] and then, in the end, offers nothing. It is like an adventure theme park, with lots of twists and turns and a murder investigation that drives the narrative further, but if anyone is looking for something meaningful, then the film is a major disappointment.” Digital Mafia Talkies

” …in a time of too many bloated, meandering, dry TV episodes and films, I found The Weekend Away’s brevity and swift clip of twists refreshing. It’s a thriller by name but less edge-of-your-seat than lounging on the couch, absorbing beats of plot like the ocean tide. A little provocation with slight commitment – that’s not a bad night in by any means.” 3/5 The Guardian

” …could possibly have worked better as a series. Especially since it could then have been less forced. And this one does suffer from having a lot of twists and turns in a very short runtime. Overall, for entertainment value (and a kick-@ss Leighton Meester), this Netflix thriller is worth checking out.” Heaven of Horror

The Weekend Away lacks intrigue, twists, and thrills in general. There are no brain-twisting moments. It contains some stunning Croatian scenes which one can appreciate virtually. But as a murder mystery, it is dull, and it doesn’t provide even a moment of bewilderment.” 1.5/5 Leisure Byte

The Weekend Away is the best kind of purposely preposterous potboiler. The scenery is gorgeous, the twists keep the adrenaline pumping, and the performances are memorable. Even though you might not remember everything that happens, you’ll have a good time while it lasts.” 3/5 RogerEbert.com

“There are far more compelling psychological thrillers out there these days, and this one comes across as a merely average effort. Meester is a reason to watch, so fans of her work might find something here. All told, though, The Weekend Away is a missing-persons adventure that isn’t as gripping as it could’ve been.” 2/5 Screen Rant

Cast and characters (in credits order):

Leighton Meester … Beth
Amar Bukvic … Pavic
Iva Mihalic … Kovac
Adrian Pezdirc … Sebastian
Marko Braic … Luka
Lujo Kuncevic … Mateo
Parth Thakerar … Jay
Sinisa Novkovic … Taxi Driver
Maro Drobnic … Barman at Blu Parlor
Bojan Ban … Waiter
Ivana Krizmanic … Lawyer
Nenad Srdelic … Taxi dispatcher
Ziad Bakri … Zain
Luke Norris
Christina Wolfe … Kate

Filming locations:

Split and Zagreb, Croatia

Technical details:

1 hour 29 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital

Trailer:

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