THIS NATALIE DORMER (GOT) vehicle had a lot of potential going for it and when I read up about it, I was intrigued by the concept of a forest where people go to commit suicide.
I’m a firm believer in energy transmission and how a place can resonate or contain the feelings and emotions that a person may have had or experienced in their life.
I feel that in better hands this movie had the makings of being a modern day horror classic but it falls way short and instead delivers a confusing plot structure.
It doesn’t capitalise on what seemed to be perfect scare material.
The central theme was weak and predictable with its only saving grace coming from the strength of its lead.
That aside the viewer is left wanting and deflated over the outcome.
It pains me when a movie can build up so much expectation only to not deliver on its promise.
There is also a slight feeling of racial prejudice at play here with no measure of sensitivity at all.
That’s not to say that I expect films to play the safe card, you either have to go one way or another, but this movie doesn’t even do that,
Above all else, the forest or wooded area can be a pretty scary place when you are left alone to brace the elements.
It’s a place where your mind can play tricks on you.
And we all know that imagination can be the stuff of creativity.
Something this movie sadly lacked.
- Paul Farrell