Screen Time: 75%
Age: 7 years old
Directed: Walter Salles
Genre: Drama, Suspense
A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.
Movie ReviewsExcellent piece of psychological work, 26 September 2005
Author: velcrohead from IMDb
I'm at a loss to describe why so many people here have panned this
movie. I can only suppose that those who didn't like it went to see
this expecting a horror movie. And since no monsters jumped out and
hacked people to death, I imagine teenagers (apparently the main
demographic that posts here) were bored to death with it. They couldn't
understand why there wasn't a mutilated corpse every half step. Their
A.D.D.-addled brains couldn't sit still long enough to decipher the
complex plot points or to appreciate good character-building (something
sorely lacking from movies nowadays.) Comparing this movie to "The
Ring" is like comparing "Godfather" to "Rainbow Brite and the Star
Stealer." The movies are in two completely separate genres.
I blame the marketing department. The promos did make it look like a fright-fest. One might have expected ghosts to be flying around the room a la "Poltergeist." I suppose they must have assumed that those of us who like movies that actually engage us and make us think weren't a very big market. Instead, they chose to market it to the "slasher movie" ilk, and they, being simplistic, got headaches trying to sift through an actual PLOT. Then they went home to listen to their Korn CDs and smoke pot.
Anyway, that being said, I approached the movie with all the preconceptions I just mentioned. And if you do have those preconceptions and are unwilling to give them up, the movie will drag on mercilessly for you. However, I switched modes quite easily, and became intrigued with the plot. It led me one way and then another, every time giving me something new to think about.
Nobody can criticize the acting here, either. Jennifer Connelly is superb as always, but the young daughter is quite skilled as well, and I expect to see her more often in the future.
I won't get into specifics, but the ending is something I really wasn't looking for.
As I left the theater, all the adults (most of whom didn't know each other) were talking about what a great movie it was as we filed out the doors. The teenagers in the theater were too busy making out to notice the credits rolling.
View if you're mature. If you're not, save yourself the brain-strain and go rent "Seed of Chucky" and leave the grown folks alone.