(This review may contain spoilers).
I was intrigued by this movie when I saw the trailer of it and it helped that I recognised the main actress and have enjoyed her roles in other things before.
I liked the fact that there was an air of mystery in this movie. Not just about what was going on with the dummy… but also with Greta’s history. It was effective to have the information revealed as the movie went on.
The dummy was creepy, but I couldn’t help feeling some sympathy for Brahms. It was interesting to see Greta’s reaction to the dummy to begin with… and then, gradually, how that reaction changed as the movie went on.
While I didn’t think that the romance was necessary to the movie, it was nice to see Malcolm and Greta get to know each other… and to see that Malcolm was an ally to Greta. I did feel there were better ways she could have handled some aspects of the situation… and the phone calls she shared with her sister did a good job of sowing seeds of tension right from the start.
There were some good jumpy moments in this movie and I thought it was good that there was a lot of explanation actually given. I liked the fact this movie had an ending that made sense… even if it did have to go for that one last scare.
I really had a strong dislike for Cole, even without having met him as a character to begin with. It was easier to empathise with Greta as a character… and it wasn’t nice to see the way Cole was able to ‘control’ her. I would have liked to see a female heroine who was strong… although I did think there were some really good moments where she shone as a character, especially towards the end.
I’m not sure I’d watch this film again, but there was a good atmosphere to it and there were some things that were unexpected. If you like horror movies, I’d suggest giving this one a try.