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The Messengers [UMD for PSP]

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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

Product Details

  • Actors: John Corbett, Dylan McDermott, Penelope Miller, Kristen Stewart, Pamela Lee
  • Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang
  • Producers: William Sherak, Jason Shuman, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OMD3KI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Messengers [UMD for PSP]" on IMDb

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Most people have probably heard of the idea that babies and young children can see and hear things that older people can't, or have lost the ability to. That a baby in a crib gurgling and laughing at the ceiling, for example, is actually talking to a spirit there. It's a fascinating premise, whose application to a horror movie is a stroke of genius.

In "The Messengers" a family moves into an old farmhouse where something very bad once happened. Only Ben, the little toddler of the family, can see the supernatural prescences in the house, and he appears more delighted with them than afraid. When his teenage sister Jess also starts encountering unusual occurences - this time of an apparantly non-benevolent nature - she also begins noticing Ben's unusual behavior as well and realizes that he too is experiencing something out of the ordinary; the hard part after that is getting anybody else to take her seriously. The movie utilizes much more atmosphere than action, and the cast has to carry off a lot the show by reacting to very subtle (Most of the time), slow-paced, occurences, in a way that makes it feel real and frightening. The actors and actresses were well picked for their parts, and Kristen Stewart as Jess and twins Evan and Theodore Turner as Ben, playing the characters who experience most of the strangeness in the movie's early, slower-going, parts, are especially impressive. All the production values necessary to make this kind of atmosphere work - the light and shadows, the subtle use of sounds, the camerawork, etc. - are all handled very well too.

In the last one third or so of the movie, as things start to speed up and secrets come to light, I guess you could say that there were too broad directions it could have gone in, that it had to choose from.
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I saw this movie yesterday at the movies. I thought it was going to be really scary, but it wasn't too bad. There are just some parts that sort of sneek up on you, and may scare you a little, or a lot. It made me jump at those parts at least 10 times,I would guess. This movie did not leave me scared after and I did not have nightmares or anything like that. It just scared me while I was watching it. When the camera gets upi close with the "messengers", That is one part that always made me jump, and it gave me a case of the chills!!!! I know that it is rated pg-13, but I am 13 and I think that if a kid was mature, they could probably watch it at 11 years, unless they get scared easily. I would reccomend this to anyone 12 and over who does not scare easily. I loved this movie, and I'm getting it on DVD when it comes out!!!!!
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Nothing adds up in this movie. It's easy to get excited if you watch the extras feature first and hear all the talk about the unique vision the Pang Brothers bring to 'The Messengers.' But, in fact, this movie looks like all the other recent PG-13 horror offerings, designed to bring in maximum money in the first 3 days of release. There are the dutiful copies of scenes from earlier, better Japanese horror movies (you know, the crawly thing on the ceiling that is filmed in black and white while the rest of the scene is in color ... maybe a jerkily crawling little boy or girl, on the ceiling or on the floor or coming down the stairs. You've seen them in The Ring and The Grudge). There are crows that attack the main characters like something out of Hitchcock ... impressive, but it means nothing. In the end, 'The Messengers' is about a guy who killed his family and is about to kill another one. The little crawly Ring/Grudge monsters add nothing to what is basically a stranger-in-the-house scenario. The ghosts don't even communicate with the world of the living ala The Others or The Changeling. They are there simply to provide a kind of cheap scare in an otherwise very ordinary thriller. There really is nothing unique in this movie that you haven't seen in countless other movies that actually make sense. A great haunted house movie is 'The Others' (or its ancestor 'The Changeling'). A great nature run amok movie is 'The Birds.' A great stranger-in-the-house movie is 'Halloween.' A great family drama is 'Kramer vs Kramer.' Each one provides a truly unique vision, and each ones add up to more than the sum of their parts. Sadly, 'The Messengers' does none of these things.
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I think this film is underrated, specially on IMDB. It is a well done little haunting story. It has a nice absence or gore and relies on suspense (what a concept!). It's a story you have seen before, if you watch this type of movie. It is very serviceably done. I have no real problems with it. I got what I expected.

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I don't expect a lot from ghost stories, but I do expect a story to make a bit of sense! Is that asking too much from the screenwriters and filmmakers? When the bad guy, all the sudden, becomes a homicidal maniac solely because a bunch of crows, out of the blue, start pecking him, then I have a problem spending $9.00 for a ticket! Alfred Hitchcock would be spinning in his grave. Didn't anyone learn anything in their college Film 101 class? A good movie has at its roots an INTERESTING story!

Here are some of the ridiculous messages in The Messengers: If you have desperate financial problems move from Chicago to the middle of no-where in North Dakota to grow Sunflowers (I kid you not!). If your toddler has serious neurological problems from a car accident move away from some of the best hospitals and speech therapists in the country to an isolated small town, which, at best, has a community hospital. Hire a drifter to live & work with you, out of the blue, without checking any references, when you have a teenage vixen daughter, a wife and toddler. ( I'm glad they're not my parents!)

A town where everyone knows everything would have no problem missing a triple homicide, just outside of town. And, of course, blame the man's lunacy on a bad crop of Sunflowers! (Doesn't anything else grow in North Dakota?) A couple of days after you buy your rundown house - with huge vines growing everywhere - that it reminds you of Jack and the Beanstalk, a guy from the X-Files, ala Smoking Man, (I'm glad to see the cigarettes didn't get him, I guess he doesn't inhale!) will just suddenly sneak up on you while you're working to offer you the sale price of your home, plus 15% more, for absolutely no reason!

I think you get the picture.
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