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Hansel and Gretel with echoes of the Twilight Zone's "It's a Good Life"
on 17 January 2011
I enjoyed this film. The cinematography was excellent and it generated a sense of isolation and fear that there was no escape from the gingerbread house. When the young protaganist (a man conflicted between his sick mother and pregnant girlfriend) is involved in a road traffic accident and finds himself in an apparently perfect house set deep in a forest with mum, dad and three kids. However, the tension between "parents" and children, particularly the boy, is palpable. Here lies the echo with the Twilight Zone story "It's a Good Life" where the boy has supernatural powers that he uses to harm people if they stray from the party line - a perfect world where everyone is happy and no one is bad. Bad things happen, people are harmed and killed but eventually an act of kindness and redemption by the middle child saves the young man from a terrible fate and also frees the children from the eternal chains of abuse and fear that have kept them in the house and so clouded their view of adults and adult behaviour. The acting is good and the relationship between the two girls and the young man is particularly touching. Only a three star because I felt the story line was a little predictable and the film was overly long - tighter editing would have produced a better film with more tension.