(This review may contain spoilers).
This was another movie I especially wanted to see, since I thought it was an interesting idea… and there was enough of a plot to keep me emotionally invested.
I liked the opportunity to learn more of Sara’s and Jess’ relationship and it was good to see the differences between them. I did, however, feel that the Japanese culture was portrayed as very one-sided.
The forest was quite a unique setting and I found it especially creepy to watch. There were some elements of foreshadowing… and a couple of things that I felt were kind of obvious.
There was a bit of a mystery surrounding the deaths of the twins’ parents, but I was left with some confusion about what was real and what wasn’t.
I’m not sure of how accurate the movie was with the forest, but I thought that the language barrier came across quite well. I would have liked to see a bit more about the history of the forest, but what was revealed was really awful to hear about.
There were some really disturbing, gruesome scenes in this and there was definitely a lot in the way of triggering material. While there were some scary scenes, I felt a lot of those were jump scares… though there were a lot of creepy appearances from the yuri.
I was a bit confused about how Sara had left things with her husband/boyfriend. I would have liked to see the conversation between them after Sara decided to go to Tokyo to find her sister.
It was interesting to see the part tents played with people going into the forest. And also with the ribbons, which seem to play a big part in Japanese culture.
I did think that Sara made some really bad choices in this movie, but I didn’t really like Aiden… even though there might have been some things that weren’t as real as implied.
I was disappointed that this movie ended with one of the ‘cheap’ scares. I did find it entertaining to watch and Sara, at least, was a well-developed character. I don’t think I’ll gain anything by watching it again, though.