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Orphanage [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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ORPHANAGE, THE MOVIE
Backed by Guillermo del Toro and yet made by a surprisingly inexperienced group of film makers (especially considering the end result), The Orphanage is a chilling, tense supernatural thriller that could certainly teach more established directors a thing or two about how to send shivers down the spine.
It tells the story of a woman, Laura, returning to the orphanage where she was raised as a child. Her plans are to look after sick children there, but it doesnt take long for things to go awry. Without giving too much away, visions from her past and a threat to her own family are the starting points for a complex and quite haunting thriller, that stays in the mind long after the credits have rolled.
A film that works on more than one level, The Orphanage really is some piece of work. Juan Antonia Bayona, behind the camera, generates an incredibly atmospheric mood that underpins the film, and wisely takes time to put pieces in place. Hes aided by a terrific cast, and an unsettling screenplay that layers in an uneasy horror thats as anti-Hollywood as it comes.
The result of all of this is one of the scariest films of recent times, and yet something that still manages to be that little bit more, that sticks in your mind for some time afterwards. Make no mistake, The Orphanage really is something different, and all the better for it. --Jon Foster --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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I didn't have a problem with the acting, cast, subtitles or anything like that, I actually thought the subtitles were great, very clear and easy to read, but unfortunately the only part I would give 10/10 for.
I was just so bored with this film, it plodded along to 40 mins where I thought, where exactly is this going, at the 1 hour mark I almost stopped the DVD, but I thought no, I've paid for this I'll stick it out, then the ending came and I was like .....? - I just didn't get it, to be honest, maybe thats it, who knows.
I bought this because of all the reviews saying how amazing it is, but I just don't see it, extremely dull in my opinion and I'm being polite.
Maybe Spanish people have different tastes, I didn't find this scary or see any psychological horror in it either.
Pans labyrinth was much better....
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