Director: Thomas Guard, Charles Guard
Cast: Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Kevin McNulty, Jesse Moss, Dean Paul Gibson, Maya Massar, Don S. Davis
RunTime: 1 hr 27 mins
Released By: UIP
Official Website: http://www.uninvitedmovie.com/
Opening Day: 14 May 2009
In the suspense thriller "The Uninvited," based on the 2003
Korean motion picture "Changhwa, Hongryon" written and directed
by Kim Jee-woon, Anna (Emily Browning) returns home after
spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's
tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse,
Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), has moved into their house and become
engaged to her father, Steven (David Strathairn). Soon after
she learns this shocking news, Anna is visited by her mother's
ghost, who warns her that Rachel has evil intentions. Together,
Anna and her sister (Arielle Kebbel) must convince their father
that his new fiancee is not who she pretends to be, and what
should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle
of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.
run of the mill horror production, The Uninvited brings nothing
new to the table. Yet another remake of an Asian horror production,
this time, Korea’s A Tale of Two Sisters, The Uninvited
is a boring affair despite having a decent cast like David
Strathairn and Elizabeth Banks.
Uninvited is about Anna (Emily Browning) who returns from
the psychiatric ward having witnessed her mother’s death.
Upon her return, she discovers that her late mother’s
nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks) has moved into the family
house permanently and is dating her father (David Strathairn).
Together with her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel), the both of
them set about to expose Rachel as the both feel that she
is not who she makes herself out to be.
the story progresses, Anna starts to get visions of a set
of brothers and a sister and the ghost of her dead mother
returns to send her warnings and signs. This leads to the
two sisters and their quest to stop the woman who threatens
to end the perfect family that Anna hopes to return to.
Browning, more noted for her role in Lemony Snicket’s
A Series of Unfortunate Events, is not exactly an exciting
young actress to watch. Often time, she is left in wide-eyed
wonder and very plain acting. This is not helped with her
co-star, Arielle Kebbel, whose pretty face and get-up of a
bikini for most periods of the movie is most welcomed but
her acting is well, just as cardboard. Elizabeth Banks plays
against type but she is probably the one delight of the movie.
Her opposite, Academy Award Nominee, David Strathairn is unfortunately
underused and it makes me wonder why someone of his caliber
decided to be in such a movie.
movie has credited The Guard Brothers, Thomas and Charles
as co-directors and they have done a fairly decent job. Having
had only a few movies under their belt, the pair of Brit directors
have resorted to the cheap thrills and common scare tactics
that come with a horror movie. The result is that the movie
is more of a snore fest than a scare fest. The twist at the
end, as with the case with most horror movies can be smelt
from quite early in the movie.
another remake of an Asian horror movie brings yet another
lackluster affair. The rate at which Hollywood is churning
out these movies, it probably will continue for a while till
they run out of remaking ideas. Yes, there are exceptions
but these movies are more often than not, ho-hum. And The
Uninvited is no different. Thank goodness for its premature
runtime of 87 minutes.
(The Uninvited is an uninviting and uninteresting
affair at the cinema)
Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri