(This review may contain spoilers).
I saw this film when it came out at the cinema originally. Although it was a fairly intriguing one, my understanding is that it is a remake, so it’s not actually a unique idea.
The setting of this movie was really dark, which meant it was quite difficult to watch at times. There were some quite creepy moments and it was good to see an explanation for why there were no lights in the house.
This film was quite a simple one, which was good in some ways. I thought Sarah came across as quite innocent for a lot of the movie. Less so later on… but there were times I felt some sympathy for her.
It was good to see the relationship between Sarah and her father and uncle. Although there was nothing much shown outside the house, the interactions they had inside did a good job of showing their relationship.
There were a few cliched elements, such as using children to generate fear. There were some good camera angles, I felt and despite the darkness in many of the scenes, some parts were fairly easy to follow.
Sophia was a bit strange from the first sighting of her. Although things do make a bit more sense by the end of the movie, I think it would have been good to see more interactions with other characters. There’s references made to cousins and Sarah’s mother… but it’s not clear exactly why they’re not there.
There were good moments of tension in this movie and the ending was fairly clear, even if there were some confusing aspects to it. It would have been good to see the film expanded and have more of a background… but it was simple and easy to watch. The only real problem was the lighting… or lack of. It’s not scary if you can’t see anything.