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4.0 out of 5 stars Low on budget, high on tension, 8 Sep 2011
This review is from: Them [DVD] (DVD)
Firstly, please be warned that some well-meaning reviewers here have inadvertantly given away far too much of the plot! I would advise against reading them until you've seen the movie.

Secondly, how depressing to see people criticising the film for its use of subtitles! Er...it's not an English language film. Overseas countries make them too and for some reason make them in their own language - how very dare they. If you are wary of subtitled movies, do not allow this to put you off. There is very little dialogue overall and it really should not affect your enjoyment of this movie. It's also unfair for people to give this film one star due to the poor quality of the blu-ray transfer!

Anyway, all you need to know it that this is a cracking little French horror (little as it's only 74 minutes long) made on an absolute shoestring budget that relies not on gore and lazy schlock horror, but on good old-fashioned terror. It's a home invasion movie, made before "The Strangers" with Liv Tyler and is a far better exercise in building tension. Like The Strangers, it claims to be based on a true story...

The excellent intro scene really sets the tone - the director cranks up the tension with big, doom-laden pauses and an excellent score. The feeling of impending horror gets pretty unbearable and this is most definitely not a film to watch late at night if you're home alone.

However, I can't give it five stars due to the action that takes place away from the house. One silly decision after another from the protagonists left me feeling irritated. But it's a means to an end for the final denouement.

Overall, some fine performances, and some genuinely nerve-shredding moments. Enjoy!

WARNING - MINI-SPOILER... The director takes an enormous risk by giving us a big clue as to who "they" are fairly early on in the film. I'd love to know how many people thought the same.
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2012 16:05:00 GMT
My only problem with the subtitles is it seems to disqualify this numbingly irritating misfire of a tedious movie from being as critically bashed as it deserves. It's clearly along the same tired lines as the poundingly bad UK films 'Eden Lake', 'Cherry Tree Lane' US no-hopers like 'The Strangers'. Frankly those whole 'Kidulthood' theme of sink estate brats running round doing what they do every day does not the horror genre make. The twist was not a twist at all and kids just DO NOT attack adults by appearing/disappearing like magician hat rabbits. The masks were stupid (who wears them outside a US slasher?), the motives were useless, lack of police tiresome and the ending boringly ineffective. Failure all round, not least cos the cover makes it look like a horror film. 'Funny Games' (not a horror) and 'Switchblade Romance' have done this so much better (and realer).
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