The Messengers

Although Danny and Oxide Pang’s first English-language movie is a cut above most Hollywood supernatural thrillers, it inhabits an awkward aesthetic limbo. A gothic ghost story, it harks back to the stylish creepiness of their breakthrough Hong Kong movie, ‘The Eye’, but is constrained by an over-worked generic plot.Seeking a fresh start, Roy Solomon (Dylan McDermott ) moves with his wife and three kids to a remote North Dakota farm. Drifter John Burwell (John Corbett) helps plant sunflowers and becomes a trusted employee. Then, as harbinger crows swirl about, two of the children see pale-skinned spectres scuttling across the ceiling and floating down hallways. But one stays mute and the other’s visions are dismissed as attention-seeking.Mark Wheaton’s genre-savvy script and the Pang brothers’ fluid visual style generate some powerful scares and involving emotional undercurrents. Yet many of the images feel over-familiar, and the shocks a mite too forced.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday April 6 2007
Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang
Screenwriter: Mark Wheaton
Cast: Kristen Stewart
Dylan McDermott
Penelope Ann Miller
John Corbett
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sean

Er, THREE kids? I only spotted two. Which makes me think even more that the reviewer here didn't even watch the film. The plot is predictable, the characters are as wooden as the house they move to & the viewer, knowing nothing about the family, doesn't care about them, so doesn't care what happens to them - it's a rule as old as the hills: make people care about the people in your movie by building their personalities. This was simply dreadful.

Craig

My God I fell to sleep. I gave it one star because the ending--despite the bad film made sense!