The Uninvited |
directed by Charles & Thomas Guard
Some thoughts on The Uninvited, a new film directed by brothers Charles and Thomas Guard:
This movie uses the same plot twist as 1972's The Other, penned by actor-turned-author Tom Tryon. The Other is a better movie. I'd recommend you see it, but if you're reading this now you'll know the twist. Still, a very creepy movie. Interestingly, both flicks center on good-evil siblings and both are directed by brothers.
Elizabeth Banks is great as Rachel. She has just enough of a sinister edge to keep you guessing (but with everything pointing to her as a killer there had to be another explanation). Still, I never figured the truth about Alex until the big reveal at the end.
Arielle Kebbel (as Alex) bears an uncanny resemblance to Sally Field. Very expressive face.
I would like to have seen an explanation of what happened at The Point.
How did I know to rent this movie knowing nothing about it? David Strathairn (as Steven) does not appear in crap.
The final two shots: Mildred (Heather Doerksen) closing her door, and then the look on Anna's (Emily Browning's) face. Perfect.
The film comes very close to cheating a couple of times, especially the scene where the father is sitting at a desk and Alex stands in the doorway berating him. I watched it a second time and this scene really stood out that way.
29 August 2009
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