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, December 1, 2012
This review is from: The Uninvited (DVD)
The Uninvited is a really bad film with perhaps the most poorly executed ending imaginable. It's about a young woman who has a phobia where she's afraid of wide open spaces. This means she's forced to walk through her house starring closely at walls and everything else to avoid having to glance over at the larger areas of her home. Eventually however, this phobia magically disappears when her life is in danger. This is either because she realizes her life is more important than a phobia, or because of a major plot flaw. You decide. I mean, in the beginning she has to hide behind doors because she can't bare to look at peoples faces on the other side, but suddenly when things get chaotic, she stops having this problem. What? We can only assume that the need for survival outweighs everything else.
The storyline is "my God this can't be possible" and "What WERE the writers thinking?" awful. The thing is, as a viewer, you're never sure if the home the girl is staying in is actually haunted or whether this is all part of the girls phobia and hallucinations. To give one example, she gets these over the phone therapy sessions but on one occasion the walls start changing and get all weird. Are the ghosts responsible for this change or are the girls phobia issues coming into the picture again? You're constantly deciding -in the most melodramatic way possible- which one it is for the entire film. Since 7 people died in her home, you assume it's ghosts haunting the place but... this phobia means you're never really sure.
This brings me to my next problem- the storyline absolutely *crawls*. Whenever the girl encounters something that is wrong, get ready for mindless boredom because you'll be sitting there unsatisfied at the lack of suspense as several minutes of nothingness that's supposed to qualify as suspenseful build-up in storytelling occurs. Other than the walls becoming distorted, throughout the film the girl sees weird things such as the volume on her TV and stereo turning up by itself, an old woman coming out of the doorway, and a man strangling her outside. Are these things really happening? Who knows. Who *cares*. There's no reason to care when the suspense isn't there.
But... it gets worse. Hard to believe, isn't it? Apparently the girls husband is involved in some kind of dirty business and has a baby in his possession unbeknownst to the girl, so at the end, for over 30 minutes we have to deal with the slow-moving storytelling of the baby's mother appearing and threatening the girl for her baby back, along with the repercussions of the husband concerning the baby. May sound interesting reading it here on amazon but it's drawn out, poorly executed, poorly acted and poorly written. Poor movie overall. I guess the moral is, if you believe your life is in danger, you can overcome any kind of phobia. I already knew that though.
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