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Different Kinda Horror,
This review is from: Absentia [DVD] (DVD)
'Absentia' is a low-budget horror movie that released at limited theaters in 2011 to a mixed response, however won numerous awards.
The movie tells the story of Tricia (Courtney Bell) whose husband Daniel (Morgan Peter Brown) has been missing for seven years. As she tries to get on with life, her younger sister Callie (Katie Parker) moves in with her. Both the sisters then find out about other disappearances as they experience mysterious happenings in the neighborhood.
The movie for me is made up of three parts, the first part is full of suspense and intrigue that pulls you in effortlessly. The second part is full of good character driven drama but the pace becomes slow. The third and final part really picks up in all areas, unfortunately the climax in the end doesn't explain anything.
The concept is fresh and original with an eery atmosphere accompanied by a number of twists. I loved the unpredictability. Where it falters is with the inconsistent screenplay, presenting the viewer with too many important questions without giving enough answers and finally the end, which wastes all the hard work done in the movie.
The DVD cover art is something to mention, its an attention-grabbing cracking cover with a generous number of positive critique endorsements. Some viewers might find the cover deceiving as it promises a lot of scares and possible gore without living up to it.
The performances are all mostly average, sometimes bordering on the weak side apart from Katie Parker who seems to have a good screen presence.
Now for the star of the show, the director Mike Flanagan does a magnificent job with a $70,000 budget, creating a sort of atmosphere that big budget films fail to do. He also skillfully causes the audience to use their imagination and interpretation. Making them feel that the feature is something more than what it actually is. This is just the start for Mr. Flanagan.
'Absentia' for some will be boring and for others a hidden gem.
For me, just like Daniel's character, something was MISSING.