Emelie (2015) (Movie Review)
Directed By: Michael Thelin
Starring: Carly Adams, Carl Bailey, Thomas Bair
Available In Theaters and On Demand March 4th from Dark Sky Films
As their parents head out for a date in the city, the three young Thompson children immediately take to their new babysitter, Anna (Sarah Bolger, Into the Badlands, Once Upon a Time), who seems like a dream come true: she’s sweet, fun, and lets them do things that break all of their parents’ rules. But as Anna’s interactions with them take on a more sinister tone, the kids realize that their caretaker may not be who she claims to be. Soon it’s up to big brother Jacob to protect his siblings from the increasingly nefarious intentions of a very disturbed woman whose weapon is trust, and whose target is innocence.
You can tell from the opening scene in Emelie that things are a bit shady in the world we’ve been dropped in. The story that follows is one that you could call a slow build, but and the tension and drama it has is something not lost on this reviewer. One of the things the movie does well from the jump is managed to make you dislike actress, Sarah Bolger. Which isn’t at all an easy thing to do. But the character she unleashes on these poor kids and the viewer is really something to see. We see the character act all friendly at first, but from there a nightmare slowly unfolds. She terrorizes the children and does some very awful things, which I will choose not to spoil because it would not be fair to take some of the moments away from people who haven’t yet seen it. Let’s just say her evil ways seem to have no limits and once the oldest child gets a bit hip to what is actually going on, we then get a bit of a cat and mouse game that takes us to the films tense finale.
Before we reach that finale, however, we do learn about our films’ evil leading lady and just why she is doing what she is doing. We also have another situation going on here as well, with the parents of these kids, who think she is the babysitter they had hired to watch the kids while they are out. While we have a little blood here and there, this isn’t by any means that type of movie. This is a horror thriller that leans way more towards the thriller side, as it uses tension and mood to carry the film. Well, that and some very good performances from the actors involved. I think that makes this a tense movie that maybe even people who aren’t all about horror films can watch and hide under their pillows while the tense moments are going on. At the end of the day I enjoyed Emelie for what it was and I’d recommend anyone to at least give it a shot and see it for themselves.