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Uninvited, The (2009)
Friday, January 30, 2009
For violent and disturbing images, thematic material, sexual content, language and teen drinking
Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn
Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard
Thomas Guard, Charles Guard
In the suspense thriller "The Uninvited," based on the 2003 Korean motion picture "Changhwa, Hongryon" written and directed by Kim Jee-woon, Anna (Emily Browning) returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), has moved into their house and become engaged to her father, Steven (David Strathairn). Soon after she learns this shocking news,
Uninvited, The (2009) | Review
Got Time To Kill?
Based on Kim Jee-Woon's 2003 Korean horror film, Changhwa Hongryon, The Uninvited centers on the story of Anna (Emily Browning), a troubled teen who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her family situation continues to be complicated as she finds out that her father is involved with her mother's former caretaker, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks). Anna's mother's ghost shows up to warn her because her soon-to-be evil stepmother isn't who she claims to be. Anna teams up with her equally troubled, though in a different way, sister, Alex, as they investigate their father's girlfriend in a battle of wills.
"We all have things in our past that we're ashamed of. I think sometimes it's best to let them go." --RachelWe all have regrets. Fixing matters isn't always an option: what's done is done. Sometimes you just have to carry the weight of your bad decisions and selfishness and hopefully let them shape you into a better person. Even our mistakes have value, if they lead to a transformation of who you are and what you do. If we can't go through life doing our best to love one another, then the least we can do is try and go through life trying to cause as little damage as possible. And have fewer causes of regrets.
Danny DeVito's character in the movie The Big Kahuna put it this way: "I'm saying you've already done plenty of things to regret, you just don't know what they are. It's when you discover them, when you see the folly in something you've done, and you wish that you had it do over, but you know you can't, because it's too late. So you pick that thing up, and carry it with you to remind you that life goes on, the world will spin without you, you really don't matter in the end. Then you will gain character, because honesty will reach out from inside and tattoo itself across your face."
Sibling directors Charles and Thomas Guard, haven't quite mastered the rhythms of a horror movie, inserting predictable creepy elements rather than doing anything with them. The movie arrives a few years too late to ride the coat tails of the Asian horror re-make trend (The Ring, The Grudge, Shutter). Dull, flat, and obvious, the movie lacks style, grace, creepiness, and any originality... and there are better ways to kill an hour and a half of your time.
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