Synopsis: Following the death of her father, India Stoker has to first deal with grief, then the arrival of her long lost Uncle Charlie who seems a little strange. On top of that, India is becoming a young woman and this has its own problems.
Main Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Dermot Mulroney
The Hype: The movie comes from the director of Oldboy, Chan-Wook Park. Made on a very low budget, this is one of those independent films that has made a reasonable return. There wasn’t a huge fanfare surrounding this movie though.
What I Thought: This is quite hard to pinpoint. I did enjoy it, but what I thought it was about from the trailer and what the reality was were two different things. I got from the trailer the impression that something supernatural was about to happen, but in the end what you get is a good old character study and how events in life can have drastic consequences, even on the future of someone’s life. The story was quite enjoyable, but I was left with the feeling of “ok, well that was a weird film”. The style of direction was similar in places to Oldboy and this was quite apparent to me, but it certainly wasn’t as good a story and it left me wanting for more, which I didn’t get.
The part of Charlie, played here by Matthew Goode was a very intriguing character and the performance was satisfactorily creepy and he would be a good candidate to play the part of Norman Bates if a remake of Psycho were to happen now. There are some clever visuals and although the film is not a gruesome slasher flick, it is sufficiently chilling to have an effect.
Conclusions: A strange storyline, good performances and some nice direction from Park make this film and interesting, but ultimately unfulfilling movie. I wouldn’t rush out and buy it.