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.
The Messengers (15)
Time Out says
Tue Apr 3 2007Although 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.
Author: Nigel Floyd
Fri Apr 6, 2007