Shut In DVD Review

Familiar faces and scenery to this genre invites you into an atmospheric suspense riddled plot. The movie teeters between a drama and thriller but loses balance and doesn’t stick the landing. The film initially draws you in but relies heavily on actress Naomi Watts to carry you the…

The Crit

Cast - 60%
Story - 40%
Music Score - 40%
Effects/Quality - 50%
Originality - 30%

44%

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Familiar faces and scenery to this genre invites you into an atmospheric suspense riddled plot. The movie teeters between a drama and thriller but loses balance and doesn’t stick the landing. The film initially draws you in but relies heavily on actress Naomi Watts to carry you the rest of the way.

Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts plays Mary Portman, whom is a widowed child psychologist who lives in isolation in rural Maine. The horrific car accident that killed her husband also left her 18-year-old stepson Stephen (Charlie Heaton) in a bedridden, catatonic state, leaving him completely dependent on her. When one of Portman’s young patients vanishes without a trace, she becomes convinced that the boy’s (Jacob Tremblay) ghost is now in the house as a dangerous ice storm starts to wreak havoc outside.

Eerie yet predictable but this overly generic thriller-ish movie is not on the level of Rings. Naomi Watts talent drives this thrill by numbers flick some of the way but ultimately just another fan bait movie.

Additional Information

Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Genre: Thriller
Age Rating: Mature
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: 28 February 2017

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