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Riddle
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
I am sort of hooked on buying these 10 dollar new release horror movies sight unseen, because more times than not they are worth the price and sometimes I stumble on a gem of an independent movie that I would never have seen otherwise. Riddle is one I don't regret buying at all, and was much better than I thought it would be based on the negative reviews I read prior to watching it. This was quite good and very tense in places. My wife had to pause it toward the end, just because she was so stressed out and couldn't see how the characters were going to get out of their predicament. It does a nice job of slowly bringing you more and more into an unsettled creepiness, with new revelations only adding to the disjointed feeling of not having anyone you can trust in a place that you certainly would never want to be at all. By the end, it ramps up into out and out horror, with blood and body counts and a very scary climax.

The town itself is a character all on it's own. The cinematography is amazing and very scary. I don't think I'd ever want to go to an old mining town after watching this movie. Val Kilmer gives a wonderfully subtle performance, making you sympathize with a troubled sheriff who has his own demons, and says so much with a simple glance. I was glad to see him in this. And finally the score stuck out to me, too. I even looked it up to see if it was available on disc, because it stood out on its own in ways few scores manage to do. All in all, this was a very entertaining film for this perennial horror movie fan.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
My review and rebuttal to the one star ratings.
First this is a mystery, not horror.
Second, this is a mystery with suspense. Not an action thriller.
Yes, it started off with the background story, and built the mystery of the boy's disappearance around that background. I didn't find the beginning slow at all, just a buildup to the main plot.
The story is good, and the acting better than adequate.
The story could have used a bit more build up of the supporting characters but if you don't have to have every detail spoon fed to you, you can infer quite a bit from the existing story line.
If you are looking for an action packed thriller mystery, this is not it. If you are looking for an entertaining mystery with a suspenseful ending this is more than adequate.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
{3.5 stars}

RIDDLE is a somewhat underdeveloped but eminently watchable film that relies more on mystery and intrigue than it does gore and schlock, a pleasant change from many recent horror films. It would be strengthened by more complex layers of plot regarding the jinxed town, the condemned loony bin, and how they both tie-in to Nathan's disappearance. The pacing--too fast in certain places, too slow in others--also works against this film. Nevertheless, there are some interesting nuances, mostly realistic but with slight hints of the supernatural. Fine camera work with some really stunning rural Pennsylvanian scenery. While it's not Val Kilmer's finest hour, the character he plays is almost enhanced by tepid acting. The actors who play the teenagers all give impressive performances here.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
I REALLY get tired of seeing reviews that say stupid things like "Very slow moving picture and took too long for plot to come to conclusion." or "I waited to see Val Kilmer but gave up." This is not a video game nor is it a slasher/gore bloodfest. If that is what you are looking for then you are obviously in the wrong place. A really good thriller takes it's time. It slowly unveils itself. This is how to build suspense and the director and the actors certainly understand that, if the viewer doesn't. The production values are not "poor" as another viewer claimed. It is an indie flick which means they have to make due with the funds at hand. In the case of this story, the town, and how it looks are important and can be said to be a character just as the actors are. There are questions that either don't get answered or that take awhile to develop. We are on this journey with Holly, we learn as she does. We come to know the characters through their actions as the story unfolds. Is this Nightmare on Elm Street? No, and it is the better for it. William Sadler is a master at being intimidating and a little bit creepy without even trying. We don't see much of him but we learn a great deal about him by the end. Val Kilmer has been a rare talent for 30 years. He is not in this film much and one wishes he were and that he had more to work with. Even so he conveys a great deal with a look and we can feel frustrated and seen him battling his demons, especially in those moments he is failing those he is meant to serve. I was not familiar with any of the young actors in this film but I will certainly be on the lookout from now on. I would love to see more of Brian Lillis and Ben Bledsoe. This movie builds the suspense and gives us a few surprises before the story finishes. If you like some mystery in your thrillers then I think you will find it in this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I make an attempt to read some of the reviews here and then try to make a determination if I want to watch a movie based on the two to four star reviews. After watching Riddle, I found that I must have been watching a different movie from those that rated it one or two stars. I keep thinking perhaps Amazon should include the age of the reviewer because this was a pretty decent movie and I realize there might be some younger kids that review it expecting so much more that they give it low ratings. For example, one person said it was an ok movie....and then gave it one star. Huh?

Actually, it was more than an ok movie. No, it is not your typical teenage gore fest, thankfully. It's also not your Oscar worthy best picture, but it is a pretty decent movie that has plenty of suspense. My rating...four stars. I enjoyed it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
This story line was pretty good, but aside from Val Kilmer who was brilliant as he always is, the acting was not great. I bought this movie because it was filmed in Brownsville, Pa, (called Riddle in the movie) where I was born and raised. . This ghost town was quite different when I was growing up. It was a quaint little town filled with stores, banks, theaters, apartments, taverns, a library, a post office, schools, bridges crossing the Monongahela River....just a lovely little town always full of people. Over the years a few unfortunate circimstances turned the town into pretty much what you see in the movie, very sad. I loved living there and I still miss it after all these years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
A good movie I enjoyed watching. Not a major blockbuster. Excellent acting. It had a ring of truth being made in the northeast where going back half a century there were handicapped people put away for lack of knowledge into their conditions. There are still a few buildings in upstate New York on the outskirts of some small towns that housed those unfortunate. A good movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
I like it, Elisabeth Harnois did a great job acting, I actually watched the movie because I'm a fan of her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
A happy family of four on just a regular day. Then a brother waiting for his loving sister for a ride home from school disappears! There is mystery, suspense, friends trying to make amends for initiating the problem, an uncooperative sheriff and a sister that loves her brother so much she refuses to give up on finding him. And of course a maniac! All makes for a good combination!
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