Pet (2016)

Not your usual damsel in distress story.  

An infatuated man (Dominic Monaghan) bumps into an old crush (Ksenia Solo) and subsequently becomes obsessed with her, leading him to hold her captive underneath the animal shelter where he works. But what will the victim have in store for her captor?

Carles Torrens sophomore feature film, Pet, is a twisted little love story that rehashes a familiar scenario but with a twist. It’s difficult to discuss much more without giving away the plot details. It can be said though that the inclusion of these peculiar characters elevates the story from the expected torture porn trappings to something with a little more substance and mystery.

The film is a little clunky in its development. At first it seemed that Seth (Monaghan) is a perfectly well rounded individual, maybe a little sad, but a good guy. There is quite a touching moment when he wants to save a soon to be euthanized German Shepard. So, after his old flame doesn’t respond to his affections, naturally he stalks and abducts her, which all just felt very jarring. Which is only the beginning of incoherency for the film.

Pet doesn’t try to fool you into thinking it is any smarter than it truly is though. It’s a smart re-arrangement of a popular trope without any air of pretentiousness to the script. It indeed has its flaws, but that doesn’t stop it from being entertaining. The twists will either make it or break it for you, if you choose to roll with the punches you may find Pet to be the perfect midnight movie.

6.0 / 10

“Do you know what happens to a Great White Shark when you put him inside an aquarium? It bashes its brains against the glass… every time”

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