Friday, December 18, 2009


Here we have a refreshing look at a tired story line. We have seen the typical suspense/horror flick where an evil or possessed stranger is introduced to a family and tears the family apart both figuratively and literally In this fresh look we have an average dysfunctional family who are reaching out to fill a void and instead find that the saving grace is exploiting these weaknesses. And the irony here is that the only way they can survive the manipulation and sabotage is to trust each other and work together.
What also makes this movie work where others have so often failed is that the director, Jaume Collet-Serra has assembled some solid actors. The real star here is the beguiling young catalyst played by Isabelle Fuhrman. Her portrayal is so strong that the alternative overseas title for this movie is 'Esther', her character name.

So in close, I am recommending this movie to all viewers, even those that typically stay clear of this genre.

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