‘The Weekend Away’

An appealling mystery poorly executed as a weekend away to Croatia for two university friends goes sadly awry.

Celebrating her divorce, wealthy Kate (Christina Wolf – TV’s The Royals, Batwoman) has persuaded new mom, Beth (Leighton Meester – TV’s Gossip Girl, Single Parents) to leave the baby with husband Rob and join her using ex-husband’s credit card. But then Kate disappears. With twists and turns involving Syrian refugees, male escorts, disinterested police and voyeuristic landlords, Sarah Alderson’s pulpy novel is a screen mess as director Kim Farrant (Strangerland, Angel of Mine) delivers contrivance after contrivance without ramping up the thrills or the reveal.

The port of Split looks beautiful, however, and Meester tries hard with below par material.

Rating: 44%

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