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The Uninvited (DVD)
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The Uninvited (DVD)
Advantages: Directing, Scenery, Plot. Scary...
Disadvantages: Script at times.
2009 brings us a remake titled 'The Uninvited'. Before I review this movie it is strongly advised by myself and other movie enthusiasts that you watch the original (A Tale of Two Sisters) first. It is superior with a more complete plot and gives answers to questions that the remake leaves unanswered.
Within the first few opening scenes you find one of the main characters, a troubled young girl named 'Anna' (Emily Browning) awakening in a mental hospital. Unsure why at first, she is discharged from a hospital but before she leaves she is told 'to finish what she started' by her psychiatrist/therapist. And this is where the movie begins...
Returning to her home in New England (the area, and sets are truly beautiful) she discovers many things have changed including her home being redecorated, family chalkboard being taken down, and her father having a new girlfriend 'Rachel' (Elizabeth Banks). The girlfriend also used to be the nurse for a family member. The only thing that hasn't changed in her eyes is her sister 'Alex' (Arielle Kebbel).
As you would expect the sisters are best friends, and have a good relationship though there are times when she is seeking validation for what she sees. There is a scene of emotion that is triggered by an angered Anna. She wants to know why Alex made no effort to contact her whilst she was away in the hospital. Alex pleads her innocence by trying to convince her sister saying that she send a number of letters. Why didn't she receive them?
Well the film will certainly leave you guessing throughout, there are many scenes, which aren't, as they seem. Clues are left and it is up to you to see them. I thought the film was very clever and going in with a clear mind not knowing what you are going to watch will leave you amazed when the ending comes full circle. I didn't see the original nor did I see the trailer for this version. I am glad I didn't as most trailers these days spoil the entire plot giving far too much away.
This film is about relationships, trust, and the mind. Can it play tricks on you? Is what you see really real? You'll find out watching this. It is a genuinely scary movie at times. I wanted to turn it off but my girlfriend wouldn't let me. Also, watch it in the dark, on your own for the full experience.
Going back to the film, Anna has a friend, a guy called Matt that tries to attempt to tell her something throughout the film. Why does Rachel seem to stop communication between the two whenever they get time alone? Why was she put in that mental hospital? You will want to find out..
I don't want to ruin the plot, but if you are after a horror/thriller/drama for yourself or as a gift for someone else you can't go wrong with 'The Uninvited'. Be it this version or the original. Hollywood didn't ruin this movie like they have done with many other remakes.
Will Anna finish what she started?
4 out of 5
Summary: A surprisingly good film, expect the unexpected...