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Director: Craig Rosenberg
Starring: Demi Moore, Hans Matheson, James Cosmo, Henry Ian Cusack, Kate Isitt
Rating: NC16 (Scene of Intimacy)
Year Made: 2005




- Interviews
- Making of
- Higlights




Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: English Dolby Digital 2.0
English Dolby Digital 5.0
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar Entertainment




Successful mystery novelist Rachel Carlson (Demi Moore) is devastated when her beloved seven year-old son Thomas (Beans Balawi) drowns at her Primrose Hill house. A year later, despite a record advance for her next novel, she is still too distraught to write. Her marriage to Brian (Henry Ian Cusick), an editor and struggling novelist, has also disintegrated, and her best friend, Sharon (Kate Isitt), arranges for her to rent a secluded cottage in the tiny and remote village of Ingonish Cove in the Scottish Highlands.

As Rachel adapts to life in the charming village, she slowly develops a relationship with Angus McCulloch (Hans Matheson), the handsome lighthouse keeper who lives and works on the deserted island off her coast.

However, just as Rachel begins to feel restored, she begins to receive haunting messages from her dead son, warning her of danger. Unsure whether the messages are real or whether shes losing her mind, Rachel is plunged into a world of madness, murder and the supernatural.


Demi Moore was a huge star back in the early 90’s if you can recall. She appeared in a host of blockbusters: “Ghost”, “A Few Good Men” and “Indecent Proposal” until a string of flops which includes “G.I. Jane” and “Striptease” caused her to vanish into thin air. And her failed marriage to Bruce Willis doesn’t help her career either. Until in recent years, she began to surface back in the tabloids and media for the wrong reasons, that is her romance with young “Punk’d”, Ashton Kutcher and her attention-grabbing cameo in “Charlie Angels: Full Throttle”.

Just as everyone thought Moore is ready to revive her flagging career, she decides to dive into this relatively unknown, straight to video (in the States) production. Written and directed by Craig Rosenberg (“After the Sunset”), “Half Light” is about Rachael; a million-dollar worth successful thriller writer who sank into depression after her son drowns. On the advice of her good friend, she decides to retreat to a house near the sea to continue her writing career. That’s when strange happenings start to evolve around Rachael.

The pacing in “Half Light” is excruciatingly slow. Maybe it’s Rosenberg’s way to allow you to fully appreciate Rachael’s predicament. To make up for it, Rosenberg gives us wondrous picturesque shots of nature, the vast sea and the nice coastline captured on-location in the UK. Not to mention the cheesy-looking lighthouse.

For a movie that’s marketed as a thriller, I’m afraid there are little jitters and “Half Light” plods along more like a mystery than a scary, creepy tale. Fortunately, Moore puts in a reasonably well performance to sustain the movie as the tortured Rachael and Scottish actor Hans Matheson who resembles a poor man’s Orlando Bloom do has a certain charismatic of his own portraying the mysterious lighthouse keeper.

If Moore is following her ex-hubby’s strategy (Willis managed to capture back the audience with his endearing performance in the 1999 ghostly-thriller “The Sixth Sense”) to revive her career with “Half Light”, I’m afraid this movie will hinder her instead.

One word of advice to Rosenberg: Try not to meddle with too many genres next time or your recipe in the end will turn out half-baked (pun intended).



Interviews - A 15 minutes featurette that consists of interviews with the director, producer and the cast which includes Demi Moore and Hans Matheson. Interestingly, Matheson admits that it was great riding a horse along the beach with Demi Moore at the back in one of the scenes. Who wouldn't?

Making of - An uninspiring 6 minutes behind the scenes of "Half-Light". You don't really get to see much except for Demi Moore closeup, Demi Moore from afar and Demi Moore behind the camera.

Highlights - What does highlights really mean? Well just a 8 minutes summarize of the whole movie. Beware! It contains mild spoilers.


Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and Dolby Digital 5.0. There's very little scenes in "Half Light" that make use of the surround speakers. Dialogues are mostly crystal clear. To add on, the movie did have a nice, Irish-sounding score. For a movie that has lots of outdoor day shots, the transfer does not disappoint. The colour transfer is natural and dark levels are surprisingly minimal for such a genre.



Review by Linus Tee



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This review is made possible with the kind support from Comstar


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