What we have here is a creepy little tale of two sisters..Get it? Get it? a TALE OF TWO SISTERS!?..*Rim Shot* Thank you, thank you..I’m here all week.
The Uninvited (2009)
Directed By: The Guard Brothers (Inside-Out)
I confess, when it comes to foreign films I can be a snobby arse when I hear they are getting remade back here in the states. I remember being very much an arse when word broke out “Old Boy” was being remade, and the fact that it was going to feature Will Smith didn’t help my troubled mind either. Not that I hate Smith, just don’t think he fits what the story was about.
But this isn’t about “Old Boy”, this is about “The Uninvited” which is a remake of the highest grossing Korean horror film to date “A Tale of Two Sisters”
That being said, let me admit with shame I haven’t seen “A Tale of Two Sisters”, so I went into “The Uninvited” with more of an open mind..I think that helped a lot.
Anna Rydell returns home to her party loving sister Alex after finally getting out of a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her bitch (soon to be) stepmother, dumb father, and the presence of a ghost (of her dead Mother) in their home…Doesn’t sound too bad now does it?? I didn’t think so, so I checked it out. I’ll tell you now, much better than I was expecting.
First thing some of you will notice (and I’m a man so I noticed it pretty well) our cast isn’t too hard on the eyes with Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, and of course Elizabeth Banks who plays the evil Girlfriend to a perfect tee, being around on the screen. Banks did a great job making me not really like her..which I didn’t think to be possible.
Now as with most movies like this (mostly ones that have to do with ghost and such) we get a lot of weird images and jump scenes that can become tiresome at times and just so “done before”. I wish people would come up with new ways to make people jump and seem to be haunted in films without pretty much using the same cookie cutter paranormal format. But that is OK here after all cause the acting and story can hold it together. I even hear it has less plot holes than the original Korean film, which can only be a good thing.
The movie at times can drag but it’s a decent build to the pretty darn intense moments we get towards the grand finale of the film..which by the way, I didn’t see the twist coming..So I’m impressed with that alone. Kudos there boys and girls kudos!
Well I didn’t hate it so I can’t talk too much trash about it now can I? I like a twist ending that not only makes sense but shocks me once it’s come to form. Probably the best twist I’ve seen in a while..I’m sure somewhere M.Night Shyamalan is banging his head on his desk wondering why he couldn’t have came up with it first.
But to conclude things here, I’ll recommend it..not the best movie I’ve seen, but not the worst. I’d say it’s a good date horror film if you need to rent something to watch with someone who is jumpy.
The Rating (6.5/10)