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The Monitor (2012)

Kristoffer Joner , Henrik Rafaelsen , Pal Sletaune  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristoffer Joner, Henrik Rafaelsen, Noomi Rapace
  • Directors: Pal Sletaune
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Norwegian, English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0080GTAAW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,135 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After escaping an abusive husband, Anna and her 8-year-old son move to a secret location in a giant apartment building. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son's room at all times. But strange noises echo in the baby monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered, she fears it is her own. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped, Anna will need to figure out what's real and what isn't before she loses her sanity and her child.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I did not see it coming July 6, 2012
Noomi Rapace is obssesed with protecting her son from the hallucinations caused by her mental disorder. Hallucinations that extend to everything around her. In order to protect her son, she goes to an electronics store and buys a baby monitor from the lonely Kristoffer Joner. Rapace often listens through the baby monitor to a boy being mistreated in the building where she lives, a boy that was killed long ago. In the meantime, Rapace's son befriends a boy, but who this friend is we only find out through the help of Joner, who gets caught up in Rapace's world of paranoia.

Paranoia, loneliness and murder are intertwined in this slow pace but suspenseful and bleak norwegian film full of unexpected twists and full of figuring out on our behalf. If you would like to wacth Noomi Rapace in another great performance, I recommend you "Beyond" (Svinalängorna).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unnerving Scandinavian psychological thriller July 24, 2012
"The Monitor"
(Lionsgate, 2012)
NOTE: mild spoilers below
The pace and tone of Scandinavian horror films is quite unlike their American counterparts - witness the oddly haunting vampire art film, "Let The Right One In" - and they have a tendency to be more rooted in the real, mundane world in a way that makes them just a little bit more realistic and a whole lot creepier. "The Monitor," like "Let The Right One In," takes place in a large, drab, anonymous modern apartment complex, the new home of a woman on the run from her abusive former husband. She's pathologically worried about her son, who the father had abused, and is terrified of everyday life. Nonetheless, she accidentally befriends an equally tremulous man, a salesperson at a local electronics store who becomes her ally in a psychological melodrama that involves menacing social workers (the Scandinavian welfare state gone bad!), school teachers, and the spectre of her violent ex-husband. The power of the film revolves around lead actor Noomi Rapace's bravura performance as the nervous, jumpy mother, aided by an equally strong supporting cast, and a sparse, yet chilling script. If you like horror-thrillers, but are looking for a change of pace, give this one a whirl. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue movie reviews)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once again, Noomi Rapace shines and surprises... July 24, 2012
By K.G.
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
***************** CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!! *********************

I just watched "Babycall" (The Monitor) with Noomi Rapace and it was wonderful. For a horror movie (though I'd rather call it a thriller), it had more suspense and psychological intrigue with a storyline built to allow for inference by the audience and not like our (terrible) American horror movies (with a few rare exceptions) that are built on gore, blood, grotesque sequences of violence, with little to no storyline or one that is severely lacking in depth, originality, and development, and sometimes with too much CGI usage too. This film is blunt in it's subject matter. In other words, instead of alluding to, with great emphasis, the subject matter of child abuse, the depictions of child abuse at its most severe is graphic, and nothing is left to the imagination. There isn't a lot of cinematography used to try to highten the suspense, shock, and horror of the violence portrayed. The images are clear and feel like one single and/or continuous, real-life shot. They stand alone and often speak for themselves. Be prepared for some tough violent and disturbing imagery. The musical score and gray/white coloring also give the film a more haunting depth and sense of isolation, pain, confusion and tension. Yet at the same time the notes of the musical score feel soothing but in a taunting sort-of way. The settings also rarely change: a school, apartment, hospital or the store in the mall. The settings are so rigid it feels crushing and overwhelming. This constant repetition of man-made settings creates a sense of deja vu, claustrophobia, and listlessness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"How do you know your memories are real?" After finally leaving her abusive husband, Anna (Repace) and her eight year old son are taken to a secret apartment where he won't be able to find them. In order to help her sleep at night she buys a baby monitor to help her know what's going on in her son's room. One night she is awoken by the sounds of screaming coming from the monitor, but the sounds aren't from her son's room. She is left to wonder if it's her imagination or if the horror she is hearing is real. I was looking forward to this one for two reasons. It looked pretty creepy and I am becoming a fan of Rapace. Based off my expectations I have to say that I was a little disappointed. The movie was OK, but like most foreign movies it tends to drag quite a bit. The movie is very disturbing and really deals with child abuse in a way that most American movies tend to shy away from. I'm not trying to talk you out of watching this but just be prepared that the movie is pretty slow and shows child abuse in a very disturbing fashion. The entire movie does keep you guessing and on edge wondering what is real and what isn't. The ending does make you re-think about everything you saw and catches you by surprise. Overall, disturbing but OK. If you think you can handle it then watch it but nothing to rush out and see. I give it a C+.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick.
I am a big Noomi Rapace fan. This movie had a few twists that I did not see coming It's a little slow, but it is worth watching if you are a thriller/mystery type movie fan.
Published 7 days ago by Allen Billingsley
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible. Lacks unity and depth.
Published 2 months ago by Petals83
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 STARS) Noomi Rapace in Twisty Norwegian Psychological Thriller
If you’re looking for some good thriller with difference, you may try “Babycall” (also known as “The Monitor”), a Norwegian thriller movie starring Noomi Rapace as a single mother... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tsuyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of movie
Loved it, all of the actors, makes you think and wonder and this is the kind of movie we need more of.
Published 11 months ago by cheesecake
4.0 out of 5 stars I totally do not want to give anything away
Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) has the perfect darkly paranoid feel for this movie. It may seem a little familiar but it doesn't spoil the movie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by magic toast
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird Movie, But it Keeps You Thinking
This movie kept me guessing. It's one of those that starts at the end, then tells the story. By the end, I wasn't certain but the final twists brought me to the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by CatSttl
3.0 out of 5 stars Just O.K.
Movie had an OK plot but didn't notice when I ordered movie that it was not made in English format. Changing to English format made it difficult to watch movie as words were not on... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cookie63
5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Cold...
THE MONITOR is one of those enigmatic movies that made me want to watch it again, immediately after seeing it for the first time. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
2.0 out of 5 stars Well Acted but Depressing
Four stars for the acting, one star for the content, which averages out to two and half stars. If you're like me and prefer to watch movies which inspire or at least entertain... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Marlene F Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Swedes!
We rented this from Amazon Prime, we love everything Swedish,(Ikea, lingonberries, Vikings, Spotify, Abba, vodka and our ancestry) especially movies with Noomi Rapace, the original... Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by G. Uhl
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