The plot for the upcoming thriller Return to Sender says it’s about a nurse (Rosamund Pike) living in small town goes on a blind date with a man who is not the person he says he is. Okay, so let’s start with that…
In the trailer we see Pike talking with her friend (Rumer Willis) who asks her about the “big night”, which we then learn is a date with her husband’s co-worker, Kevin (Billy Slaughter). However, she doesn’t appear to even remember she’s having the date and when “Kevin” shows up, for what is a blind date (suggesting she doesn’t know what he even looks like), she lets this guy in and proceeds to get raped. Kevin shows up and then… well, and then I can’t really tell.
From what I’m trying to piece together, Shiloh Fernandez plays the guy that raped her, with whom she appears to soon develop some sort of romantic relationship, all to the chagrin of her father (Nick Nolte). The title, however, would suggest she’s returning his letters from prison unread… dun dun dun. I don’t know, there’s obviously some sort of twist here, but I’m too bored to try and figure it out.
Clearly Pike is working her Gone Girl thing once again, and quite satisfactorily as far as I can tell, but it would appear there is only so much heavy lifting that can be done on her part to generate much enthusiasm in me for this one.
If you can sort this out any better than me, please, have at it in the comments below. Return to Sender hits UK theaters on May 22, no U.S. release is currently planned.