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The Uninvited (DVD)
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The Uninvited (DVD)
Advantages: Good twist
Disadvantages: Good twist badly handled, contrived, rushed, unconvincing
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 87 mins
DIRECTORS: Charles & Thomas Guard
PRODUCER: Michael Grillo, Walter F Parkes, Ivan Reitman, &Laurie MacDonald
SCREENPLAY: Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard
MUSIC: Christopher Young
Emily Browning as Anna
Arielle Kebbel as Alex
Elizabeth Banks as Rachel
David Strathairn as Steven
FILM ONLY REVIEW
After her terminally ill invalid mother dies in a fire, grieving Anna attempts suicide which results in her being hospitalised in a psychiatric unit for some months. Despite still suffering from severe nightmares and continuing to be disturbed by flashback memories of the fire which killed her mother, Anna's therapist at the hospital declares she is ready to return home.
Once back home and reunited with her sister (Alex) who she is very close to, it emerges that the girls' father has entered into a relationship with Rachel, the woman who had been employed as their mother's nurse. Both Anna and Alex dislike Rachel intensely.
Via her dreams, Anna begins to see what she believes is the ghost of her dead mother warning her about Rachel's true intentions, and with the help of both her boyfriend and her sister Alex, she attempts to discover the truth about Rachel.
That sets the scene, and as always, you must see the film for yourself to discover more.
What first drew me to The Uninvited was simply that I liked the title, plus I had read some positive reviews on various film-orientated websites. Just looking at the title alone, I was unable to pinpoint what the film could be about, although I of course got the impression that it would be either a horror or psychological thriller movie.
Firstly, I found the initial few minutes of the film very confusing (a barbecue on the beach), but it didn't take long to settle down to a point where for the most part, I could manage to work out what was going on. All the hallmarks of the promise of a good chiller are present early on in the proceedings once the muddly bit at the outset is over, and my interest was held watching the vulnerable Anna be given the OK to leave the psychiatric unit by her therapist, despite her being disturbed by flashbacks and bad dreams. There are a couple of little jump out of your skin moments during that early part of the film (and later), which served to keep me interested.
However, once the main body of the film got underway, I found that it overall lacked originality, being far too like other movies which have a similar storyline....but there is a very neat twist to this film which I certainly didn't anticipate, although I do feel that this twist wasn't handled as well as it could have been by the direction/production team as it was all too rushed, which gave it a very contrived feel, despite actually being original (as far as I'm aware). I have noted that this version of The Uninvited is a remake of a Korean movie, and I do, possibly wrongly, suspect that original quite likely would be a far more professional, slick production....copies and remakes of films rarely work, and hardly ever does a re-vamp live up to the first time around version.
The Uninvited is quite a short film and it seems to me that too much was packed into a time constraint which gave the impression of everything being rushed. I'd much rather have seen a longer, slower build-up to titillate my sense of the mysterious.
As far as the acting is concerned, I wasn't at all impressed with Elizabeth Banks' portrayal of Rachel, the wicked stepmother figure. I felt she came across as rather false and that the character of Rachel lacked depth. As the film moves on, Rachel displays various sinister personality traits that I don't feel Elizabeth Banks was suitable to carry off effectively....regardless of her acting abilities or lack of, she simply didn't look the part and as far as I'm concerned, wasn't at all convincing.
The rest of the main cast acted their roles at least adequately, albeit not brilliantly, and my favourite of these was Arielle Kebbel as Alex, Anna's warm-hearted, yet slightly racy older sister.
I did quite like the music to the film, although it was obviously a score, enhancing what was occurring on screen rather than blending with it, but it certainly is suitable - possibly it could be improved upon, but is fine as it stands.
Overall, I can't say I was all that impressed with The Uninvited, although there were a few rather creepy moments within, and the jump out of my skin factor was pretty good on occasions. Everything was so rushed that it came across as contrived and unrealistic, plus as said above, I don't feel that the unique twist was handled as well as it could and should have been. I like a film of this nature - not true-blue horror in itself, but a psychological thriller tinged with some creepy bits - to be powerful, absorbing, and to draw me into the storyline to a point where I feel as though it's really happening. I like to be left feeling nervous about going to bed alone, yet this one simply didn't do it for me. There in my opinion are far better psycho-chiller movies out there which far more effectively hit my spot....this one pretty much missed it altogether!
It is a shame really, because handled differently, The Uninvited does have a lot of potential to be a really good, gripping psychological thriller, but sadly for me it fell flat, a bit like my home-made Yorkshire puddings when I remove them from the oven. I don't think it deserves bottom place on the star rating ladder as there are a few moderately good moments within, but the best I can say is that The Uninvited didn't inspire me and on this occasion and with the right direction/production team, a remake of this remake could be in order and may receive my seal of approval.
At the time of writing, The Uninvited can be purchased on Amazon as follows:-
New: from £3.85 to £24.19
Used: from £2.90 to £6.24
Collectible: One copy only available at £5.99
A delivery charge of £1.26 should added to the above figures.
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Summary: It just didn't do it for me!