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A Real Horror With a Twist...,
This review is from: The Others (2 Disc Collectors Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
To put things frankly, the others is one of the most though provoking films, not just from the horror genre that has come about recently. It is a great movie when looked at from all angles providing a great storyline accompanied perfectly with superb acting performences all around.
It is good to see a horror film these days that doesn't rely on blood and guts to scare it's audience and 'The Others' definately falls under the catagory of films which frighten due to the acting, atmosphere and generally spooky occurences.
The film is set in Jersey towards the end of the second world war in what is most certainly a perfect setting for any horror movie, a large, isolated mansion surrounded by thick masses of fog. The movie is made very dark and atmospheric explained by mother Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman)'s children having an allergic reaction to any forms of bright light therefore resulting in the permanent closure of all gaps with a potential entrance of sunlight making everything extremely dark and creepy and very good circumstances for what is to come.
The film directs you into asking questions early on in the plot with mysterious happenings and appearences in which people are not as such damaged physically but mentally whilst provided only terror of a psychologically factor.
Nicole Kidman performs superbly like she never has in the past, playing her role perfectly allowing the audience to completely understand her situation and personality, you easily notice the development of her mental state and at times she actually seems quite a creepy character. Both children performed amazingly well despite the obvious experience disadvantage because of their ages. James Bentley playing the youngest child- Nicholas was in my opinion the highlight of the two, showing his fear of the ghostly happenings like a gem with some brilliant expressions and sensitivity.
The 3 'helpers' seemed very dodgy right from the start presenting themselves in a particularly strange yet scary manner, especially Fionulla Flanagan in the role of Bertha Mills who acted very well and basically carried the story along and brought it to it's eventual conclusion which was very intelligently crafted with a nice and suprising twist added.
The film often had brilliant camera angles which made things a lot creepier sometimes giving the common horror feeling of 'it's what you don't see that scares you rather than what you do see', I found that this worked very well in 'The Others' making it eerier and more disturbing.
Although the twist at the end was very spooky and though provoking I found that it was fairly predictable with various clues on the matter being scattered about in the film. Maybe this film is not for those who are after an instant gore fest and a movie with no such storyline to follow, just a knife and lots of fake blood.
'The Others' is instead a true horror film with a lot of depth and intelligence is need to understand all of the true happenings throughout. The script has been well written and performed to a perfection in such a quality which many horror films lack. It has been directed to become a classic and that is should do. I wouldn't generally recommend this however to a young child as I would say that it is worthy of it's 12 certification despite the fact that there is no blood, swearing etc in the film whatsoever. Great film which deserves to be watched.