Sunday, December 03, 2006

"They" review

They (2002)

Directed by Robert Harmon Rick Bota
Writing credits Brendan Hood

Laura Regan .... Julia Lund
Marc Blucas .... Paul Loomis
Ethan Embry .... Sam Burnside
Dagmara Dominczyk .... Terry Alba

Beware the PG-13 horror movie. It teases and teases but does not deliver. The concept was solid. Night terrors/beasts/things are attacking kids again after taking a break for a couple of years. So where was the payoff? Usually the characters have to go through the usual hoops where no one believes them, they must be crazy etc. This one never lets up and the grown kids are left to fend for themselves. It gets annoying after the third, "Here, rest awhile, you're just under stress" scene.

So where's the monster attack? All I saw were lights turning off and cars stopping. It was like they said, "Let's make things dark now and it will be scary. Who needs a monster?" Technically they were there but all I saw were blurs and shadows. No good.

Another downside is that I couldn't wait for the lead character to die. Couldn't wait. She did not inspire sympathy. Whine, whine, whine.

In a nutshell, weak.

SCORE: 1 out of 4 scary things happening off screen to characters I don't care about

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