Saturday, January 9, 2016
Movie Review: The Forest
I usually go into horror movies with a benefit of the doubt knowing that it will probably not reach the same quality as other movies but as long as it scares me, I'm usually satisfied. The Forest is the usual horror film, not much as far as story goes following a cliche and using an attractive woman in the lead when another person might fill the roll better.
Natalie Dormer has a lot of potential as an actress and I wonder why she chose this role as a way to get her face out there after doing big films like the Hunger Games and participating in the amazing show Game of Thrones as Margery Tyrell. I would like to see her in more films and movies as she continues to grow her already impressive career.
There were a few twists and turn and certainly some horrifying images that were thrown in to achieve jump scare. Taylor Kinney, who is interestingly Lady Gaga' fiance, has a neat role as a writer who helps Natalie's Sara venture into the haunted woods. He does a good job showing confusion as Dormer's character loses her mind.
The actual forest is based on a real place, and it is a scary idea to have a horror movie there. I would like to have seen more Japanese characters as this movie was in Japan, and it is always nice to get a better picture of a culture through film. This movie doesn't pull off too much and has an ending that suffers from vagueness and inconsistencies. I give it a three out of ten!