Starring: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton
Directed by: Scott Stewart
Written By: Scott Stewart
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 37 min
It’s hard to talk about this film without some spoilers – so be warned! (The title should clue you into this films genre somewhat). It’s a very well made film; the acting is really good, the sound design and cinematography are really also very impressive. It’s not at all original but it does it all with a sense of knowing, homage, seriousness and style. If you like Poltergeist, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Paranormal Activity, it’s hard not to enjoy this to. It really does take, exactly, some of the same ideas from these other great iconic films – but it does it in a cool well thought out way.
If you enjoyed and were unnerved by the abduction scene in Close Encounters and thought it would make a great movie in of itself – this is it! It’s a very good at build up and maintaining tension. The family is well realized and each member gets well presented in their own ‘incidents’. Nothing much happens, too strangely, for a long time and you really get sucked in to this financially insecure modern world version of the American family. Spielberg homages are everywhere and I found this a very enjoyable, solid, scary film.
Best viewing format:
Big HD TV – the camera’s composition and reserved movements work really well on a big screen.
Best moments for me:
All the times the characters get physically hijacked are superbly horrifying and shocking – especially the mum’s mid-sentence ‘incident’ whilst working.