Max Strand’s “Goodbye Honey” Is A Unique Type Of Thriller – Movie Review

Not all thrillers need to be running at full speed to keep working, and that was certainly the case with Max Strand’s (First-year student) new movie, Goodbye dear. Despite his more relaxed pace, he still manages to make a tense race.


Dawn, a truck driver, goes to a state park to sleep when she is ambushed by Phoebe, a young woman who claims she is fleeing a kidnapper. Dawn becomes suspicious of Phoebe’s story, which leads to a fight that leaves her phone broken, keys missing, and nothing but darkness between them and Help. As the night progresses it becomes clear that they are not alone. Bonding to a shared history of trauma, Dawn and Phoebe realize that they must learn to trust each other if they are to survive a night full of unexpected twists and turns.

Goodbye dear starts with tired truck driver Dawn (a great Pamela Jayne Morgan: Just say goodbye) stopping in a state park to sleep. But before she can close her eyes, a frantic girl, Phoebe (Juliette Alice Gobin: Look at me) knocks on his window. Phoebe claims she just escaped from where she was kidnapped. The women don’t exactly get along, and a cranky Dawn is at first skeptical of Phoebe’s claims. It probably doesn’t help when Phoebe begins to act aggressively and paranoid. But the women find they will have to come together to make it through the night if they are to survive.

There is a lot to love Goodbye dear. The acting is excellent, especially Juliette Alice Gobin who digs deep to capture Phoebe’s courage and fragile hold on her sanity. Pamela Jayne Morgan also does a great job as Dawn. It provides a strong, stable sheet for the more fickle Phoebe. I feel like the soundtrack of the film sets the general tone of dread. I’m also a huge fan of movies that mostly take place in one location (other than flashbacks).

My only real criticism of the film is that while I was intrigued by the concept of a slower thriller, this one moves a bit too slowly. I like Dawn’s “slow down and calm down” approach, but the movie is a bit lazy from the start. And there was a strange side story involving two young men that went on for far too long.

Small flaws aside, this is a great low-budget movie and definitely worth watching for the performance. Goodbye dear is now available in Digital and VOD.

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