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Superior thriller with flawed ending.,
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This review is from: Session 9 [DVD] (DVD)
A team of contractors are given the job of cleaning up an old asylum. Soon the internal dynamics of the group start to fracture and before you can shout wife swap they’re bickering like children. Then the most flaky member of the team stumbles across a stash of valuable old coins and jewellery, a grisly memento from the asylums crematorium. Meanwhile another member of the merry band discovers a series of reel to reel tapes of recorded therapy sessions and takes to listening to them whenever he can. Coin discoverer decides not to report his findings to ..well ..to anyone and one night creeps back to the asylum to pilfer his booty and in a spooky set piece through the dank dark corridors of the rotting old building is pursued by an unseen assailant. Then he disappears.
The question is has a dormant evil been awakened by the tape recordings or was that evil already present in one of the men already and if so, which one?
The first hour of this film is very effective in creating a sense of unease and a sharp pithy script drives the disintegration of the men’s relationships forward in an absorbing and believable manner whilst holding in check the soap elements. Things are helped by the location, a monolithic gothic monster of a building with lots of long gloomy corridors and a palpable air of corruption and decay.
The last third of the film is actually the least interesting, resorting to lots of running around so as not to waste all those scary corridors and the final revelation is after all the scene setting a bit of a let down.
Session 9 has a cracking cast, Peter Mullan is always excellent and David Caruso puts to bed for the time being his irritating know it all character in C.S.I. Miami.
Ultimately Session 9 is a superior thriller ,atmospheric and convincing and very well acted but after the promise of its scene setting and one pulse quickening sequence it resorts to cliché and the conclusion despite its horrific power, fails to provide the startling culmination that would make it a Session that would bear up to repeated visits.
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Initial post: 29 Jan 2010 13:13:10 GMT
ScottPaul ScottPaul says:
I quite agree-your review is perfect and it also ends up not being a horror film. They really shouldn't have killed the boy at the end-unecessary and mean I thought.
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