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The Others  [Blu-ray]
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Grace (Nicole Kidman) lives in semi-seclusion on a remote island with her two children, awaiting her husband's return from the war. Both children suffer from a rare form of photosensitivity which renders them open to harm from natural light. Thus the trio live in almost perpetual darkness within the house, according to a harsh but life-preserving set of rules that their mother has designed for them. When looking after the children by herself proves too much, Grace hires in some rather mysterious servants. Suddenly there seems to be more to the old house than Grace had previously sensed and a chilling descent into fear and paranoia begins.
A welcome throwback to the spooky traditions of Jack Clayton's The Innocents and Robert Wise's The Haunting, Alejandro Amenábar's The Others favours atmosphere, sound, and suggestion over flashy special effects. Set in 1945 on a fog-enshrouded island off the British coast, the film begins with a scream as Grace (Nicole Kidman) awakens from some unspoken horror, perhaps arising from her religiously overprotective concern for her young children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley). The children are hypersensitive to light and have lived in a musty manor with curtains and shutters perpetually drawn. With Grace's husband (Christopher Eccleston) presumably lost at war, this ominous setting perfectly accommodates a sense of dreaded expectation, escalating when three strangers arrive in response to Grace's yet-unposted request for domestic help. Led by housekeeper Mrs Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), this mysterious trio is as closely tied to the house's history as Grace's family is--as are the past occupants seen posthumously in a long-forgotten photo album. With her justly acclaimed performance, Kidman maintains an emotional intensity that fuels the film's supernatural underpinnings. And while Amenábar's pacing is deliberately slow, it befits the tone of penetrating anxiety, leading to a twist that extends the story's reach from beyond the grave. Amenábar unveiled a similarly effective twist in his Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes (remade by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky), but where that film drew debate, The Others is finely crafted to provoke well-earned goose bumps and chills down the spine. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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On the Isle of Jersey, during the last days of World War II, a lovely, isolated mansion sits in the shrouding mists. The house is adequately, though sparsely, furnished. It is occupied by a mother, Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman), and her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley). The children are afflicted with a great sensitivity to light, so much so that they must, at all times, have the curtains drawn and the shutters closed. Grace's husband, the children's father, had left them to fight in the war. This is a perfect and stark setting for what is to come.
One day, three strangers arrive on her doorstep. Grace presumes that they are there in response to her post for domestic help and hires Bertha Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), Edmund Tuttle (Eric Sykes), and Lydia (Elaine Cassidy) on the spot. Grace instructs them on the ideosyncratic ways she has of handling her children's sensitivity to light. It soon becomes clear, however, that this triumvirate has their own agenda and are not strangers to this house.
Nicole Kidman give a remarkable performance in this film. Tightly wound and controlling, she appears to be a woman on the brink of a breakdown, holding herself together only by a great effort of will, as she awaits her husband's return. Her performance as a lonely wife and seemingly protective mother contributes greatly to the tense and suspenseful atmosphere in the household. While I am not generally a fan of Ms.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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An atmospheric war film. Nicole Kidman plays a war widow of two children. Their existence in a gloomy house necessary to shield the children from an allergy to light. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The ghost in the machine
Good film. Good plot. Great twist at the end. Nicole Kidman great as the neurotic mother and the children are pretty good too. A reliably good film if you are into this genre.Published 1 month ago by DynamoDin
Love this film seen it many times not horror just a bit spookyPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer