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Friday, July 30, 2010

[4.50/10] The Children (2008)


The Children (2008)

Short review: This UK horror flick "The Children" is as simple as its premise. It's about a family that goes out on a Christmas holiday in a remote area called Hackney, with their relatives and during that time their children become sick and begin to show signs of strange behavior. There are non-stop screaming and obnoxious children and from their parents too, so it's kind of hard to say when the real horror begins. "The Children" tends to deliver a sequence of irrational, immoderate human behavior, a weird chain reaction off any scope, aside from any explainable viewpoint. We, the audience, are lead to believe that the antagonistic children in this film pose a very real immediate threat to their elders. Even when the bodies begin to pile up, it is so unconvincingly feasible that suspending your disbelief well not save you from the barrage of predictability and lack of tension setting plot. The lack of atmosphere, character development, and a real story, is compensated by eerie music playing all the time. The central twist has been done in so many other films of a higher caliber, that it's not enough to justify the rather vile selection of set pieces. The young talented actress Hannah Tointon is the only highlight of this, otherwise poor and uninspired horror film.

  • My Rating: 4.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 77% (6.3/10)
  • IMDb: 6.3/10

4 comments:

Jaccstev said...

The Children is as chilling as it ought to be. It has ideas above its station, and is badly under-written, but it lingers in the mind even so.

Maynard Morrissey said...

I think this is a highly tense and atmospheric movie. loved it from beginning to the end

Nebular said...

I didn't like it. It looked cheap and the atmosphere you're talking about was totally lacking. Didn't feel any tension whatsoever. It was ridiculous.

Nebular said...

I don't know... I really wanted to like it, but it didn't happen.
The adults easily could have killed those children, but they didn't do it, even when they figured out, that those weren't actually their real kids. It was stupid!