Review of Stash House

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A 2012 thriller which revolves around a young couple (Briana Evigan & Sean Faris) who find their dream house only to discover drugs stashed in the walls. As they are about to leave, their exit is blocked by a gun-wielding neighbor (Dolph Lundgren), and his accomplice.
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Movie Review: "Stash House" --

Rating: R (violence)
Length: 95 minutes
Release Date: May 11, 2012
Directed by: Eduardo Rodriguez
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sometimes things seem too good to be true. Other times they are. That is the case in "Stash House." As the name implies, the movie features a house filled with an illegal stash of drugs. The story begins with a nice, young couple David and Amy. David buys his wife a beautiful home as a surprise birthday gift. They upgrade a few things and settle into their new life. It doesn't take long for them to realize that the walls hide a dark secret. A rather large stash of heroin is discovered, and David reports his findings to a local security guard. This guard isn't what he seems to be, and things go bad quickly. The happy couple finds themselves trapped in their home, while a group of dangerous thugs attempts to break in and take back their drugs. Amy's dream house becomes a nightmare.

This movie is thrilling and exciting. The action is delivered at a steady pace, and things never get dull. This movie combines horror, thriller and action sequences to create something new and different. A plot twist or two is sure to keep audience members on their toes. Though the concept of a young couple trapped in their home is not new, this film is refreshingly different from others of the same genre. Many things are not as they seem, and the surprises keep coming.

Starring as the young husband is Sean Faris. He steps up and delivers a strong performance. His character is a young, strong and brave man. He is a real fighter, and his good looks give him wide appeal. A character like this could easily seem bland or forced, but Faris plays it with guts. He's soft when he needs to be, and he is completely believable as the hero. He is perfectly cast in this thrilling adventure.

Briana Evigan plays the wife. This is not a trophy wife role. Evigan is absolutely stunning as Amy. She may seem like a regular housewife, but she delivers the action. Her fighting spirit and gritty attitude are perfect for this film. Evigan is fun to watch and more fun to root for. In many action movies, females are portrayed as eye candy with little substance. That's not the case here. Evigan brings a lot to the table, and her performance cannot be overlooked.

Perhaps the biggest star of the film is Dolph Lundgren. Lundgren has been in the action hero business for over 40 years. He holds a black belt in Kyokushin Karate and was the European champion in both 1980 and 1981. He also has good looks, a chiseled body and an intimidating presence. His height and size make him a formidable opponent in the film. He is the perfect villain.

Lundgren is at his best in this movie. He is crazy, desperate and capable of inflicting major damage. Even though he is the bad guy, he is a main draw for this film. His fans will enjoy seeing him do what he does best. He is absolutely terrifying, and audiences will love it. He has many great scenes and delivers his performance with more than a little punch. Lundgren shines on the screen, and "Stash House" is sure to impress.

Eduardo Rodriguez directed this thriller. He has an extensive background in television and film. He's worked as a writer, producer, director and editor over the last 10 years. Rodriguez brings his adventurous spirit and eye for action to this film. From the beginning, it's obvious that the audience is in for quite a ride. Rodriguez fills every moment of the film with suspense, drama, intrigue, danger and surprise. There is never a boring moment. Everything is timed perfectly, and the story moves along at a nice pace. "Stash House" is one action film that lives up to expectations.

This is the first film penned by screenwriter Gary Spinelli. Spinelli knows how to deliver the goods. The script is tight, focused and remarkably entertaining. This film can be described as "Panic Room" meets "Strangers." The script is well written and full of intrigue. The unique plot elements give this picture something special. "Stash House" may be his first film, but it surely won't be his last.

Audiences will enjoy the fast pace and unending action in this movie. All of the ingredients are there to make an enjoyable film. The good guys are really likeable, the bad guys are really scary and the plot twists keep it all interesting. This is a must-see film.