Writer-director Scott Stewart (“Legion”; “Priest”); stars Keri Russell (“The Americans”; “Waitress”; “Mission: Impossible III”), Josh Hamilton (“Kicking and Screaming”; “J. Edgar”), J. K. Simmons (“Spiderman” 1-3; “Hidalgo”; “The Ladykillers”), Dakota Goyo (“Thor”; “Real Steel”); producer Jason Blum (“Sinister”; “Insidious”; the “Paranormal Activity” series).
Lucy and Daniel Barrett (Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton) are suburban parents trying to get by and provide for their sons. The struggles of normal life become extraordinary as the Barretts start to experience an escalating series of disturbing phenomena occurring around their home. Soon, the Barretts begin falling victim to alarming physical and mental afflictions, leading them to believe that they are being targeted by an unimaginable deadly force which they must uncover by any means necessary.
I went into this film with an open mind, for myself personally it was being compared to two films that drew me straight down the middle with Insidious and Sinister. I loved sinister and thought it was fantastic however Insidious was a let down for me I mean Darth Maul in his kitchen what the hell was that about !
Now this film has superb moments of musical suspense that build up the atmosphere of the film for when the unexplained events occur, but then after the third and fourth ‘event’ the music basically introduces what is going to happen, you know when something is building up as the music is basically giving away the fact your going to jump soon. It became very predictable and blew the whole suspense and mystery out of the window.
The acting was superb and the cast cannot be faulted with a great performance with believable characters, great dialogue and great awareness of the surroundings and a
smooth progression through the script.
This film could of been something truly spectacular but once again another horror movie has been churned out that blends in with the countless titles out there at the moment. The countless reviews i’ve seen regarding this film on how its teeth chattering, nerve racking.. I’m sorry but they must of been paid to say that because at no point during this film did it build up the same kind of suspense and unease as Sinister did such an amazing job of.
Sinister had me physically scared to go to sleep and every time I closed my eyes I could
see the harrowing murder footage that I’d just seen on screen, with this film I close my eyes and I see a few birds and ET.
Its a shame I didn’t enjoy this flick it really is, the talent was there, the performance was there, but the practicality of it along with the linear storyline and predictable ‘jump’ moments puts this film just short of the mark for me.
Who knows maybe its just me, but take a look and find out for yourselves, you might scare easier than I do.