Friday, April 11, 2014

The Uninvited (2009)

There seems to be a trend in movies lately that dictates that the red herring must be so blatantly obvious that you start looking for the actual culprit before the opening credits finish. While this is certainly one of those films, it was done a lot better than some of the others I've seen lately in that vein.

The story is about two sisters who are pretty well convinced that their evil stepmother-to-be was responsible for their mother's death. A series of events follow involving suspicious mishaps and spooky dead children popping up every now and then, and the filmmakers hope they have managed to keep you delightfully distracted from what's really going on. I can't really say much more than that without giving it all away.

What I liked about it the most is that the stepmother was portrayed in a manner that one would likely see in a young woman who is about to gain a lovely house and a happy, older husband...and be saddled with the responsibility of mothering teenage girls.

However, I do have some complaints on little pieces of action that make very little sense once you've figured out the ending. Again, I'm biting my tongue here to avoid spoiling it for everyone, but let's just say that there were a couple scenes that probably should have hit the cutting room floor. I got the impression that there was an alternative ending in the works at one point and someone forgot to make a note of it.

Overall, I found it entertaining, but not outstanding. The story was decent and the pacing was pretty good which made watching it very easy despite the little nagging things.

Info on IMDB: The Uninvited

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