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The Monitor

3.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0080GTAAW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,386 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 24, 2012
Format: DVD
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"The Monitor"
(Lionsgate, 2012)
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NOTE: mild spoilers below
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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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***************** 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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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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"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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