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It's a mystery as to why it is not a mystery !
on July 13, 2014
This movie has such potential, but it took the wrong path to the end. This is one of those cases where you have to use the phrase … “such a shame”. The description for the film clearly states a child goes missing, so this is not a spoiler. It is his sister who goes in search of him. The beginning part, leading up the disappearance, was interesting since it doesn’t happen the way you were expecting. So, I was happy with that, and wanted to keep watching. Then the child is sighted … or is he?
Now it is here the film really got me hooked, as the sister (Elisabeth Harnois) enters the mysterious town of Riddle. When the words “sanitarium” and “adoption” are mentioned, I really perked up and thought … oh yeah, this can go in so many great directions and should really be a great mystery story (I was actually hoping something as mysterious as a modern version of “Picnic at Hanging Rock”). Plus, there is a scene at a quarry mine that adds to the mystery, and for a second we wonder … who can be trusted in the town of Riddle?
But it is shortly after this that any hope of it being a mystery movie dies out. Instead the film slowly changes from being a mystery to a “chase the teens with a weapon” movie (think “Friday the 13th” or any teen slasher flick). I became disappointed, but at this point I had invested too much time to quit, and made myself watch it to the end … thinking maybe they will explain some of what happened. While I was happy with the very ending of the film, and glad no cheap clichés were thrown in, I was just disappointed in what this movie could and should have been.
The film is worth watching because the lead actress, Elisabeth Harnois, is so adorable and the other female lead, Diora Baird, is so pretty that you could watch this with a group of people and then spend the rest of the evening debating on who was prettier (to me, it is a tie). But this should not take away from their acting talents, as they are top notch and everyone else is credible, plus you have Val Kilmer and William Sadler on hand to add the heavy street cred. So, if you are a member of “Amazon Prime” it is worth watching for free. Maybe in 20 years this film will be remade, but then with a better third and fourth act … as a full-fledged mystery.