The rentWritten and directed by Dave Franco, it tells the story of two couples – husband and wife Charlie and Michelle, and boyfriend and girlfriend Josh and Mina (Mina also happens to be Charlie’s business partner). They go on an oceanfront getaway in a seemingly perfect rental home.
However, they are starting to become suspicious that the host might be spying on them. What should have been a festive weekend trip quickly turns into something much more sinister.
The rent stars Dan Stevens as Charlie, Alison Brie as Michelle, Sheila Vand as Mina and Jeremy Allen White as Josh. It was available to watch in the US for a long time and became the second film ever to top the VOD charts and the box office on the same weekend.
So what’s with the UK release? Well the good news is The rent is available for viewing Amazon Prime Video exclusively from today (January 22).
The rent‘s Brie recently spoke with Digital spy about working on the film with her husband Franco and the themes that really concern her. “The first real horrors to appear in the movie all have to do with the deterioration of these relationships and the deterioration of trust within these couples,” she said
“But at this macro level, it’s about how divided our country is right now and how people don’t trust each other in an everyday space. But somehow don’t think about it – it’s abstract.
“I just kind of like the parallels that take place over the course of this movie, like these dangers that arise from the trust they place in this home-sharing app, which is becoming more and more present in their lives, just as their personal trust destroyed.
The rentThe positive reviews also make Franco a director to watch. In fact, he has ideas for a sequel.
Franco told it Forbes: “The intention from the beginning was to leave the ending so ambiguous that we continue the story if we get the chance … I have a very strong idea for what I would like to do with a sequel.”
“It’s almost hard to talk about because I don’t want to give too much away from the first movie, but I’ll say the sequel is a little bit about our villain’s mythology and may be set somewhere outside of the US.”
Sounds promising. But given the general state of the world, it seems like an opportune time to quote the Yiddish saying, “Man plans, God is smiling.” In addition to this, Brie also revealed that during the lockdown, she and Franco wrote a script in which she will play the female lead – meaning that while a sequel for The rent may be a long way off, there’s more Franco-Brie work to keep an eye out for.
The rent can be seen on Amazon Prime Video from Friday, January 22
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