Saturday, May 21, 2011

19. The Uninvited

Title:        The Uninvited
Year:        2009
Genre:      Supernatural Thriller

Type:        A-Movie
Run Time: 87

Theatrical MPAA Rating: PG-13



Committed to a mental hospital after her mother's tragic death, grieving teenager Anna (Emily Browning) discovers upon her release that her father (David Strathairn) plans to marry his deceased wife's former nurse (Elizabeth Banks), a woman who might not have the best intentions. But foreboding warnings from her mother's ghost only cement Anna's suspicions in this remake of the 2003 Korean chiller Janghwa, Hongryeon.

Detailed Synopsis
Personal Thoughts

Since the earlier years of the 2000's (with remakes like the Ring and the Grudge), American remakes of Asian Horror films have without question, taken a bit of a nosedive. Some would even say that it's run its course. 

In closing out the first decade of the 2000's ... a decade saturated with ghost movies and Asian Horror remakes, The Uninvited (a remake of the 2003 movie A Tale of Two Sisters) attempts to prove itself a solid and worthy remake ... and in my opinion, contrary to popular opinion, succeeds.

I've read quite a few negative reviews on this movie ... which isn't too surprising, most people these days tend to dislike Asian Horror remakes. Since I happened to enjoy the movie, I'll do my best to write more of a positive review.

After reading the synopsis, my initial questions were ... "Is this gonna be another "The Stepfather" just with a step mom instead of a dad?  But when I actually sat down and watched the movie, I quickly noticed the supernatural undertones/vibe which immediately separated it from movies like The Stepfather. 

The Uninvited, like Shutter Island and Identity, does a good job combining elements of the ghostly and supernatural with the psychological and mentally disturbed.

In a time where most seasoned movie watchers have seen it all (what surprise/twist ending could possibly fool us now after all we've seen), we get another movie that tries to throw us off! The Uninvited is another movie that attempts to be clever, and does a decent job ...though some have said that they believe the movie tries just a bit too hard.

overall, I was looking for another good remake, and believe I found one! The movie isn't perfect ... the jest of it does fall into the category of something we've already seen time and time again, but I still liked it! It was moody, the story was interesting, and the acting was solid, which is why I'm making this my next movie recommendation (19th Overall) ... it may just be the last good Asian horror remake of the 2000-2009 decade.

What I liked:

- The Premise
- The Story
- The Ending (Twist)

What I didn't like:

- Not much I remember not liking here
My Ratings

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The Uninvited Extras:

The Uninvited Wikipedia
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1 comment:

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