El Orfanato (The Orphanage)

Rating***

orphanage

You will jump quite a bit watching The Orphange. Some of the scares are perfectly timed and rival moments in The Ring, Alien and The Shining. It is also beautifully shot and achieves some often unbearable tension. I won’t be playing ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf” for quite a while …….well, not that I would have been anyway!

However, if you strip away the scares, is there a great film underneath? Not quite, and I doubt it will reward multiple viewings. Don’t get me wrong, this is a stylish, intelligent, and pretty original ghost story. But I don’t think it’s a masterpiece. It’s also sure to start a trend of boring copycats and US remakes/sequels. I know that’s an unfair criticism but you know it’s true.

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~ by thewholebuffalo on July 9, 2009.

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