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In a rather condensed nutshell, the plot follows a young girl who vanishes one night and shows uo a year later, not knowing where she's been. Thanks to some early hints, it's fairly obvious where the movie's heading. The sole recognizable actor is Law & Order;s Dr. Olivet (Carolyn McCormick) who plays the victim's over-protective mother. The overall performances are typical of this kind of flick and it does manage to hold your attention although its abrupt predictable ending is disappointing. Rent, don't buy!
Independent films have a special place in my heart and I imagine if you're reading this review - yours as well. I applauded the effort and it's always refreshing to watch a little gem of a film that wasn't cranked out of the big Hollywood movie machine.
True nature has much of the above working in it's favor.
Director Patrick Steele who has previously only directed shorts steps up to the plate of a full length picture with a definitive style and competence. The production value is dark and eerie and I would add that the performances are quite stellar and rise above whatever flaws lay in the script.
Stand outs are Carolyn McCormic as the mother and Marianne Porter as the daughter who let's just say isn't quite right. Despite it's flaws it's an admirable thriller and although chances are you won't feel the need to sleep with the lights on "True Nature" is a creepy way to spend an hour and a half.
The film isn't told in a linear fashion. So, you will get a lot of flashbacks. But you will soon become comfortable with the structure, and when that happens, the movie becomes nothing but suspense all the way through. The only bad part -- and this is minor -- was the rushed period of time during the year when the daughter was missing. But, by reducing the time on this issue, the director was able to keep the film at a reasonable length.
The acting is very good - even if the characters are a bit one-dimensional. The lead actress shows versatility; she is not always the petulant, needy girl. I wish they would have used the boyfriend character a bit more. The actor was very capable.
As the movie winds down, it becomes a bit gory - but not too much. Also, while the ending does not answer every question, we find out why she went missing (which is the most important issue). It is easy and interesting to fill in the blanks with imagination.
If you like suspense with a supernatural twist and do not mind working with a flashback structure, you will like this movie. I would not describe the plot as complicated to understand or as confusing (as others have done). Maybe some people just aren't that savvy or do not watch closely enough.
I am a harsh critic. So these four stars mean a lot. WATCH IT.
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