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So here we are, another Netflix original, this one is not as new as The Babysitter, but it still sounded fairly good. 'A white-collar suburban father is drawn into a bizarre rabbit hole of psychodrama, seduction and violence by his old friend's self-actualization program.' Let's just say, without giving anything away, it started well...
It started well because I like the whole cult films that always turn into some kind of cat and mouse thing where the hero is trying to escape, I guess they feel kind of realistic. Rebirth starts off like this, Kyle is talked into going to some weird mysterious camp by his, again using this word, weird, friend Zack, because it seems like a good idea.. Of course, if your weird, out there friend tells you about some 'camp' you've never heard of, GO. Don't even Google it, just go - of course, it would be a smart idea, what could go wrong?!
Well a lot goes wrong, obviously, first off, everyone there seem crazy and just a little bit cooky, then everyone seems to want orgies - which is not a bad thing, but they seem to be weirdly brainwashed into it all. Under a spell if you say - and that does not make for a good orgy!
Rebirth is basically a cult, and like most, it doesn't say it's a cult, it says it's some type of help, some type of retreat to help you - like most cults really. It's a cult that tells its member "you are welcome to leave whenever", which is all a lie, like any other cult. Kyle decides he wants out, (finally!), but he's not allowed to leave, the whole building is set out as a maze, he ends up trying different doors, some don't work, and some even lead into rooms filled with people, all who know who Kyle is... Even though Kyle doesn't know them, or ever seen them. Spoooooooky. Or not really spooky, that's just a cult for you. Once he decides he wants to leave, it all gets a lot more tricky for him and gets a bit more exciting. It also gets weird...
Once Kyle wants to leave, people decide he can't, but not in the way of keeping him held hostage, by celebrating him being there. They get him up on stage, play some theme song they have for Rebirth and cheer him - it is bizarre, I can't lie. Not only is it bizarre, it's quite realistic compared to a very known 'religion' that certain actors are known to be a member of, and one that is very secretive. I am not mentioning it because I don't want to be hunted down for comparing them...just FYI. But it is very very similar to what I have heard about that very well known religious group of the name I will not say. Even with their own big tune to go with it, and big adverts for it - actually, it is very like it to be fair thinking about it more... Clever film.
I have to be honest though with this film, I did not understand the ending and whenever I don't understand a film, I head straight to Wikipedia - this time it did not help... Wikipedia just tells you the plot of it, so I turned to actual Google, which also didn't help. I don't know if I was just being a little thick but I could find nothing on the actual ending of the film, so I shall wing it, literally winging it with the ending. I shall also put out a warning on this section, I am going to mention the ending so from this part on, until the last paragraph, spoilers in this paragraph from now on.
I was lost with the ending, Kyle tried to leave, they had some type of fake celebration for him when they got him on stage and played some Rocky music to hype up the audience, it's crazy - after that though, it's a blur...
Kyle goes home, and that is literally all I can remember, apart from when the credits start rolling. The credits rolling part is actually quite a clever and sinister part, it shows how Kyle is 'happy' leaving full time at Rebirth, not only him but his wife and kids, all happy and smiling. Clearly, it's brainwashing or such, and it is sinister, you knew Kyle hated it, yet somehow he's back there, with his family living it as his life now.
I still have no idea how I managed to miss the ending, but still I did and I wasn't bothered enough to re-watch it... That must say something about the film I guess...
Spoiler safe from here.
Rebirth is an okay film, I was into the idea of it, but it was nothing special, I didn't really shout its praises when my parents got in later on in the day, and I completely lost the end so, yeah. I liked the credits part that I mentioned above, as far as I took it, I liked how it ended, and I liked the actors, especially the main guy, but that is about it. It was meh, I watched it, I would admit to watching it, but I wouldn't really recommend it.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..