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Solace

SolaceI went into this film having only seen one trailer previously and no reviews. But sometimes it’s nice to watch something which you have little preconceptions of before hand. But should I have learnt more about Solace before seeing it?

In the search for a serial killer FBI agent Joe Merriweather (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) brings in Doctor John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins) a psychic, much to the dismay of his partner Agent Katherine Cowles (Abbie Cornish). However as John tries to find the killer (Colin Farrell), he finds that he and the FBI are always one step behind.

The movie attempts to rise above the average serial killer thriller, refreshingly John views on his psychic ability is based on science rather than faith, and Agent Merriweather manages not to be either an alcoholic or a crappy husband/father cliché. Colin Farrell is good as the killer, although for any fans seeing it purely for Farrell be warned as he’s barely in it. Which is a shame as the film could have used more of him.

The problem with the film is that it isn’t original enough to make it stand out from any number of supernatural thrillers around.There also isn’t any memorable dialogue or scenes for the audience to remember. While the film looks stylish enough there’s no real flare to John’s visions to make them compelling or to leave you feeling scared.

John’s psychic abilities are also frustrating portrayed. It seems John can see the past and the future, and know enough to recount one character’s entire life yet when the script requires it his visions are vague. Sometimes it seems his visions are bound to happen while other times it seems like they can be changed depending on the plot and how passive John is being.

The film is not awful but it’s flaws seemed exposed on the big screen. Watched on the small screen and the audience may be more forgiving of the predictable elements.

Rating 2.5/5 – despite a capable cast this film is distinctly average

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The Possession

It seems families in America can’t go anywhere without being bothered by pesky ghosts/demons tormenting them and trying to take their souls. The Conjuring shows that these types of films can be done effectively but does this horror  from 2012 stand out from the crowd?

The Possession follows the family of recently divorced couple Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick). Clyde buys his daughter Em (Natasha Calis) a creepy looking box at a yard sell and soon she starts acting strange. Can Clyde get anyone to believe he is not an abusive father and that a demon is trying to possess his daughter?

I’ve given a lot of criticisms for horror films that are obsessed with torture porn and sadistic gore, but although The Possession does not fall into these categories it does something that’s arguably even worse. Its boring. I’m not expecting every horror film I see to be a classic or reinvent the genre but I at least expect a few good jump scares or a unnerving sense of dread. The Possession succeed on none of these levels.

The film is so cliché it fails to come up with much originality. Clyde tries to convince everyone about what is happening to his daughter, no one believes him, people die etc. Its mind numbingly dull. The only thing marginally individual aspect  is that Clyde turns to the Jewish  community for help rather than call on the Catholics but even this has been done before in films such as  The Unborn (2009) . The acting isn’t bad. The actors do what they can but in the end you’re more likely to fall asleep then cover your eyes in fear.

Rating-1/5- don’t waste your time or your money, go watch The Conjuring or You’re Next for real chills

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