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This week I discovered that Netflix has a new category, “When You Watch Netflix, It Watches You”.
Once I recovered from my discomfort of the website’s blatant admittance to its voyeuristic tendencies, I felt fairly confident picking a movie from that category. After all, if I’d learned anything from Disturbia, besides how deep my love flowed for Shia LaBeouf, it was that no one knows you better than your creepy voyeur.
Surprisingly enough, Netflix appears to know me better than I thought because the film I chose, Rosewood Lane, was a chilling thriller that did not disappoint.
The film follows Dr. Sonny Blake (played by Rose McGowen) as she leaves the big city to move back into her family home after her father’s untimely death. Trouble arises, when the friendly, neighborhood paperboy (played by Daniel Ross Owens) begins to stalk Blake which leads her to believe his motives are much more sinister than delivering the daily news.
On the surface, Rosewood Lane appears to be just another run-of-the-mill thriller. However, if watched with a critical eye, the film says something about the false security provided by a suburban lifestyle. It’s pairing of the city and small-town atmosphere suggests that the “security” that small-town living provides may in fact just be an illusion and true horror can lurk anywhere.
Rosewood Lane may not be the next Rear Window but it will definitely have you checking your locks twice before bed and making sure your paper boy gets an extra dollar every week.
Rosewood Lane is rated R and runs 1 hour 37 minutes.