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When a teenager and her mother move to a little town, the girl finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. But things get complicated when she befriends a boy who is the only survivor in the accident. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- Well, I like Jennifer Lawrence, so I guess it’s always nice to see her in a film. Even if, I have to say, she doesn’t exactly put in the most sterling of performances.
- There are a couple of bits that made me jump, and I guess that’s part of the point of watching a horror film.
What I Didn’t Like
- Where to begin? It was just so underwhelming and unremarkable that trying to write about it just five days later is proving to be a difficult task. I decided a little while ago that I wanted to watch more horror films, as I’ve always shied away from them in the past. But it was probably a mistake to start with this one, because it just wasn’t much good.
- The character development is practically non-existent, and doesn’t make sense in places. Elissa, played by Jennifer Lawrence, seems to have a perfectly normal relationship with her mother at the start of the film, and then all of a sudden, conflict is shoe-horned in for the sake of the storyline, and to allow Elissa to feel justified in lying to her. It’s all a bit bizarre.
- Despite a couple of reviews I’ve read, I didn’t think Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was all that good. Don’t get me wrong, I love her as much as the next person, but there were moments in this when I just thought “Wow. She’s won an Oscar.” In her defence, it was made in 2010, and held back for a while before being released (not such a surprise), but still. It’s quite far removed from her later performances.
- At times it just felt as though the writer had a scary movies handbook. What’s that, the batteries have run out in the torch? Best give it a whack with your hand there, Sheriff. You’ve shot and potentially killed the murderer, leading lady? Then of course he’s dead, no need to worry. Oh no, turns out he’s still alive. You get the idea – it wasn’t the most original film in the world.
- The twist, such as is it, is more of an “oh” than an “ah”. There’s a second reveal right at the end of the film, that is similarly underwhelming.
Why Should You See This Film
You shouldn’t see this film. Unless you are a Jennifer Lawrence completist. And if that’s the case, prepare to be disappointed.