I used to regularly watch suspense films, but it seems that anymore Hollywood's version of suspense is always coupled with excess violence, gore, and/or sexual situations. "Christian" suspense isn't much better—it's certainly cleaner, but it isn't very suspenseful, and it's usually predictable.
Fortunately, Wildflower doesn't suffer from either of those problems.
Creatively gifted, college student Chloe Moray (portrayed by Nathalia Ramos, known for BRATZ, Arrested Development, House of Anubis) finds solace from a difficult childhood in her extraordinary art. But when an alarming dream begins to recur nightly, Chloe starts to believe that it might be a suppressed memory and that she may have witnessed a terrible crime as a little girl. Her search for peace takes her on a journey that forces Chloe to confront her past traumas and leads her to cross paths with Josh (Cody Longo, known for NOT TODAY, Hollywood Heights, Nashville), a young man dealing with his own painful loss. Together they find in each other someone they can trust as they seek to unlock a cold-case mystery from years before. But with the authorities blocking the way, Chloe's new-found hope is challenged in this powerful story of faith, triumph and healing.
Wildflower is a fast-paced film that centers around Chloe and the terrifying nightmares/visions she begins having, which she believes may be linked to an old missing persons case. While many people—including the authorities—write her off as being delusional, her new friend Josh decides to help her uncover the truth. As the two get closer to discovering the trigger of Chloe's visions, they also get closer and closer to danger.
As far as suspense films go, Wildflower is very good. The suspense builds throughout the movie, and Nathalia Ramos and Cody Longo are very believable in their roles as Chloe and Josh. Overall, the acting is good (though there are a few supporting actors who don't quite seem comfortable). The film is quite enjoyable to watch, and the ending isn't apparent from the beginning.
Without at all seeming preachy or didactic, Wildflower addresses the importance of finding Christian community, providing help for those who have gone through physical and/or mental trauma, and staying connected to your children. This is a film that is suitable for teens and older, and it would be perfect for a family or small group movie night. 4 stars.
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