Stash House (2012) Movie Review
Released : May 11th, 2012
Reviewed : May 28th, 2013
Story (from IMDB) :
Dave and Emma have found the perfect house, until they discover a stash of heroin and end up imprisoned in it by violent thugs.
What happens when you take the premise of a movie like Panic Room, add a few elements, then remove pretty much everything good about it? You get the movie Stash House.
The story follows a couple who start to move into a new huge house they bought for a steal only to eventually discover a hollowed out wall filled with heroin. Before that though they also notice the house has extreme security on it and don’t note that as anything suspicious. Shortly after the rent a cop they have around there confronts them and soon after they are in a battle of them vs bad guys. I say bad guys because we never get a full understanding of who or what they really are. In the meantime we get to see the couple either attempt to fight off their attackers or hide inside their house with the extreme security precautions.
One main problem with the movie is the acting though. Sean Faris as the main character is horribly unbelievable as the wanna be hero boyfriend. I also just kept picturing him from his role in Cheaper By The Dozen. Briana Evigan plays Sean’s girlfriend in the movie and her role is bad because they have no on screen chemistry. She also seems to have taken the thought that playing generic scared girl for most of the movie was the right thing to do. Dolph Lundgren plays our main villain for the movie and while his role isn’t bad its generic because it seems like they didn’t give him much to work with. He ends up being just your average bad guy. Nothing special or memorable about his performance at all.
There is one constant thing throughout the movie that is quite funny though. Between fires, flares, and gunshots it seems like the neighbors don’t call the cops until the end when you know that only one cop won’t work. Also the end scene is full of just countless acts of stupity by everyone involved. Compared to the end the rest of the movie is thriller gold.
Overall if you are looking for a good thriller then you should watch something like Panic Room because at the end of the day Stash House just doesn’t do anything to make your viewing worthwhile or memorable.