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With a setup familiar from ‘Lost in Translation’, a plot similar to ‘White Noise’ and a monster recognisable from ‘Ringu’, J-horror remake ‘Shutter’is little more than a mish-mash of random and increasingly blatant references disguised as a movie. Ben (Joshua Jackson) is a photographer returning to his Tokyo studio with new bride Jane (Rachael Taylor) in tow.

But a series of mysterious ghostly blurs on Jane’s holiday snaps lead her to investigate the phenomenon of spirit photography, by which images of the dead can be caught on film. Soon she and her increasingly shifty-looking hubby are inextricably entangled in a web of lies, flies and herky-jerky long haired ghost-women.

Despite one or two effective scares and an unnerving strobelit sequence, ‘Shutter’is instantly forgettable stuff, never even attempting to transcend its low rent multiplex status. Throwing in daft plot twists every few minutes for its undemanding teen audience, the film ticks along harmlessly enough without ever managing to leave a lasting impression.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday May 16 2008
Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Masayuki Ochiai
Screenwriter: Luke Dawson
Cast: Joshua Jackson
Rachael Taylor
Megumi Okina
David Denman

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this was a rather well crafted ,well written horror but it became more when it tackled the story from a japanese angle where 3 predatory american take a vulnerable innocent young translator for a sexual ride ,though it is familiar and predictable but the visual vendetta has style and innovation and is definitely worth viewing for it's deft execution ,no psychological masrterpiece but still enough to make it's point . the acting of the 2 female leads was quite good as they come to share the same vile man and the disturbing truth.