4/26/2009

Movie Review: The Uninvited

This is the first time I am reviewing a horror film...being a person with a soft heart, I'm not a fan of horror films, I can never tell people that it was lame, or that the scares were recycled coz I get so engrossed in the film, that I REALLY get spooked o.0

So here it is, I was eager to watch this film (a first for me) coz I wanted to see Emily Browning (she played Violet Baudelaire from the movie A Series of Unfortunate Events) all grown-up...

The Plot
The film begins with Anna recounting a dream to her psychiatrist. Since the tragic death of her bedridden mother 10 months ago when the family's beach home exploded, Anna had been admitted to a mental institution to overcome her trauma. She cannot remember what exactly happened that fateful night & her psychiatrist allows her to return for staying at the institution will not help her remember.

Her father, an up-&-coming author, fetches her & they return to their home. She is unhappy when she learns that her father has been dating Rachel Summers, the nurse who was assigned to care for her late mother when she became immobile. She was happy to meet her elder sister, Alex, who also loathes their father's blonde, pretty, neat & girly girlfriend. 

Anna begans to experience horrifying ghostly encounters, all seeming to prove that the explosion was no accident & that Rachel is her mother's murderer. After the seemingly accidental death of a friend, Anna & Alex began to research Rachel's past & they begin to believe she is not who she says she is. After a face-off with Rachel & their father's trip to New York, the 2 girls are left to fend for themselves. The truth is revealed &, yes, it is horrifying.

The Cast
Emily Browning plays Anna perfectly. She has shown potential in the film A Series of Unfortunate Events & that potential is heightened in this film. Arielle Kebbel is very good as the headstrong, loving & brave Alex. I especially like Elizabeth Banks' portrayal of Rachel Summers, she was the menacing "other woman" & she gave me some pretty good scares in the film. The supporting cast did their parts to allow us to focus on the plot rather than poor acting :)

The Music
The music was chilling, it really worked me up to a nervous mess before a scare. Creepy strings & bellowing bass notes really brought the film flowing as it proceeded to scare the hell outta me. Good stuff, that's all I can say.

Conclusion
For a 1st horror film that a wimp is eager to see, it was pretty good. I totally approved of the flashback scenes & the built up to the theory of what's going on. The truth was shocking, I gasped in the cinema, it was totally unexpected. Of course, if you're a horror film veteran, your opinion may differ greatly from mine, but I felt it was worth the watch :)

4 comments:

Goose said...

Great review, certainly made me interested in watching the movie, i probably wouldnt have given it a second thought before reading.

I bet its fun to go see scary movies with you! Jumping at everything, they may not be your favourite genre, but you certainly appear to get inside movies like this, and have the experiences intended, more so then horror 'veterens' do. Think yourself lucky :)!

Rowan said...

Ask my guy pal, had the material of his shirt been made of less than sterner stuff, his sleeve would've been ripped off :D

Rwi Hau said...

i've always liked thrillers. but not this type. this will definitely scare NO ONE, heyo!! lol.

Rowan said...

Haha so bad Rwi Hau! :p