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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Routine, gory thriller with unappealing teen characters.

Movie R 2016 82 minutes
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This gory thriller begins with selfish, unsympathetic characters and then takes them through a clumsy, routine "trapped in a house with a sadistic maniac" scenario with all its seams showing. Recovery shows just how skilled something like the similar-but-opposite Don't Breathe really is. That movie's characters were desperate but understandable outcasts -- rather than what we get here: spoiled, dishonest teens who are focused mainly on their own pleasures, identities, and possessions.

In the suspense sequences in Recovery,, the teens wander cluelessly through the house, supposedly looking for the phone and their friend but easily distracted. The filmmakers don't develop a sense of time or place, and so characters are left wandering for awkward lengths of time, can't seem to get from one place to another, and apparently can't hear anything, either. The best thing you can say about this movie is that, at the very least, it doesn't use shaky-cam or jump-scares, and its masked villain is somewhat effective (with his collection of Universal Monster posters, he may be more interesting than the protagonists).

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