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Passes the time but rather predictable with few surprises for the viewer
on 3 July 2014
l watched this on Netflix a while back and honestly I had higher expectations of the film. When you see the main actress on the cover credited with a performance in another film, it also is a bit telling in some ways.
The story starts with a scene showing a young woman murder her mother. We then move forward to the present time with a Mother and Daughter moving to a new town, a Doctor called Sarah Cassidy (Elisabeth Shue) and Elissa her Daughter (Jennifer Lawrence). As bad luck would have it they've moved to the area where (cue the title) the House at the end of the street is the place where the murder took place (smile:-) you saw that one coming too)
Max Thieriot (Ryan Jacobson) is the young man who lives in the house being there alone since the murder took place. Max is a bit of a loner and people feel he is strange and avoid him. Elissa eventually ends up being involved with Max despite her mother's objections. What happens next isn't a surprise, I saw it a mile off and you probably worked out the ending too
The problem with the story is despite some decent actors here, it ends up becoming a fairly run of the mill production. It's worth a watch once that is, but I had no desire to see it again and felt the story could have been a lot more interesting and diverse overall. Jennifer Lawrence does her best (she is a good actress no question) but you can only go so far with the material you are given. Sometimes you have to take a risk with any production and possibly wander down a less well trodden path. House at the end of the street plays it very safe and suffers a distinct lack of originality.
It's not awful, it's not great just that uncomfortable place that's about average for a film.