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Desperate for a fresh start after a tough two years in Chicago, the Solomon family retreats to a desolate sunflower farm in North Dakota. But the calm of farm life is shattered when 16-year-old Jess (Kristen Stewart) and her 3-year-old brother Ben begin to see nightmarish apparitions throughout their new home -- visions that nobody else can see. As the visions grow darker, they become fear-inspiring experiences and Jess' parents (Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller) start to question their daughter's sanity. Now, Jess must find a way to save her family and win
Lithe and tomboyish Kristen Stewart (Panic Room, The Safety of Objects) anchors the derivative but potently atmospheric horror movie The Messengers. The story--a troubled family moves into one of those creepy farmhouses that scream "serial murder site" and find their lives disturbed by unearthly occurrences--is a puree of plot elements from The Sixth Sense, The Birds, The Amityville Horror, The Shining, the recent spate of Japanese horror remakes, and more. Despite this, the movie may get under your skin; between the bleached sunlight, the effective ambient sound, and scenes that linger unexpectedly on quiet suspense, The Messengers creates a vivid and unsettling mood. There are still plenty of the abrupt jolts that make teenager girls clutch their dates, but this artful creepiness--combined with Stewart's engaging presence--will have a longer effect. Also featuring Dylan McDermott (The Practice), Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito's Way), and John Corbett (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City). Directed by the Pang Brothers, the duo responsible for Hong Kong hits like The Eye and Infernal Affairs. --Bret Fetzer
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The very end doesn't make sense, either. Actually, the girl is the only one whose actions and choices make any amount of sense throughout the whole story. Everyone else seems completely retarded with zero natural instincts because the story would fall apart if the characters were allowed to be believably human.
Come on, who moves a strange man that they've never met, into their home with their family!? AND leaves their 16 y/o daughter, and 3 year old baby ALONE with him!!!???? Seriously?!
Also, who really wants to move into a house THAT OLD that needs that much work? I mean when they first pulled up, that house looked like if it were to rain, you mind as well just be outside, as it sure didn't look like any real shelter.
Ok, I've got all my complaining in, the movie itself kept my interest, i jumped a few times, rooted for characters, and got a little creeped out, so it did its job and is worth a bag of popcorn and two hours of my time!
I have been a fan of Sam Raimi and all of them since the first "Evil Dead" film and every thing afterward, so you know I own any thing the man is connected to. When he and Rob Tapert created Ghost House Pictures you know I was excited and thus far I have not have hated anything they have put out. I do how ever like some more so than others but for the most part they are entertaining. The Messengers while not a classic or even completely original still manages to be good and I credit the performances mostly for that.
The Rollins family seems nice enough but that does not stop someone or something from picking them apart and hunting them down inside their own home. Years later the Solomon family move in and try to forget about the drunken driving accident that forced them to move. Once there things seem good at first until their daughter Jessica and their son Ben begin to notice something not of this world also live there. As time goes on the occurrences get more and more apparent as Jessica tries to protect her brother. At the same time their dad seems to be losing it Shining or Amityville style and their mother does not believe them. Their father has a hard time with the crops or basically sunflowers until he hires Burwell to help him, still the crows do not like what is taking place and start to get violent. As the family falls apart and the ghosts get restless it seems it is all up to Jessica to learn about what is really happening.
Sam and Rob's Ghost House Pictures did an excellent job casting this film because the strongest attribute this film has is the cast. Kristen Stewart is excellent in this as Jessica and does a marvelous job in the film, she also has a nice look to her like a very real down to earth feel and not a stuck up diva feel. Dylan McDermott does a great job as Roy the father of the family and play the part kinda like an Amityville film. Penelope Ann Miller as well is great in the mother role as Denise and does a great job as well. Still other than Kirsten the MVP of this film just may be John Corbett who plays Burwell. He does an excellent job and his turn in the end is great.
The story over all is fine I guess but it is just your typical ghost/revenge story so there really is nothing new here. Writers Todd Farmer [Jason X, My Bloody Valentine, Messengers 2, and the upcoming Halloween 3] and Mark Wheaton [Friday the 13th remake] made the characters a little interesting but the story was unoriginal for the most part. Directors the Pang Brothers [Bangkok Dangerous, The Eye, The Eye 2, Bangkok Dangerous remake] seemed to want to transition into more of an American style somewhat and that may be why the film suffers a bit. They did not completely switch up their style but they do feel a little more tame in this one.
I would not say that this is a bad movie and in fact I would say it is worthy of viewing from anybody, I bought it but a rental maybe the way to go for the average viewer. I am a huge fan of Sam and Rob so not only did I see this in theaters but I do own it. Do I recommend this film, yes, is it the best film ever, no. If you are a fan of Raimi or any one involved in this film it is highly recommended, I do think the casual fan would enjoy this as well.
All kidding aside, The Messengers is a ghost story thats well acted, well told and well shot to really lend a creepyness to the film that many of the more recent "Boo!....I scared you" films lack. I liked it.
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The acting, in my opinion was very good, the plot could have been better, there were some aspects of the film i have seen many times before in other horror films, so nothing fresh was brought to the table. The ending was lame, with a lack lustre 'twist' which has also all been done before. All in all I wouldn't bother watching this film again. I found it wasn't scary- at all! not even any jumpy bits which i found to be disappointing since it's been labelled as a horror film, the ghosts moved too quick and were too obviously computer generated seen in the way they moved and looked, this took any potential scariness away for me. I didn't understand why the ghosts inside the house were attacking the family either, a bit of a mystery for me!
It's OK to watch, just don't expect to be scared!
Not a fan of weird, grudge-esque kids, so that was a bit of a let down but aside from that little bit that could have been done much better, I enjoyed it.
When her family moves out to the sticks, the leading lady played by Kristen Stewart(been a while since I watch eit, cant remember name) notices weird goings on in the house, as she struggles to adjust to the move out there. Her toddler brother, who hasnt spoken since she did something seemingly unforgivable, keeps seeing thigns that the adults cant,and also gets out of his cot mysteriously, as well as a number of other weird things that happen.
As the house starts to attack the people living there, we see Kristen trying to overcome the supernatural singlehandedly (her new boyfriend does come to the rescue a bit).
There's hidden secrets all over the place in this film, and thats what makes it interesting.