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Friday, November 6, 2009

[4.50/10] The Uninvited (2009)

The Uninvited (2009)

Short review: I've seen the original Korean Movie "A Tale of Two Sisters" that "The Uninvited" was based on and I found this a bland, blunter, popcorn shocker version of the film. The sole merit of this film is Emily Browning. She turns in a credible performance. Anna's character is the only one with depth while everyone else, including Rachel, are almost flat. So it's such a shame that the directors and screenwriters drop the ball so badly. Everything in this movie is so geared to a major twist in the last reel that instead of making you bug out with its rug-pulling impact, like "Sixth Sense" or "The Others" do, it instead just makes you roll your eyes. The Korean original was creepier, confusing in parts but it comes together in the end and the cinematography is beautifully framed. The Guard brothers' remake, by contrast, is the usual exercise in jump-scares and PG-13 thrills, more concerned with getting to the twist as swiftly as possible, like a conjuror who remembers he's left the iron on the moment he takes the stage. Overall, "The Uninvited" mostly relies on its twist ending and if you are more observing, you won't be surprised or shocked by the ending at all!

  • My Rating: 4.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 32% (4.6/10)
  • IMDb: 6.3/10

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