Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Review: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
IMDB rate: 5,6
Genre: Monster

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark was one of those many movies that I bought without knowing what it's about. Guillermo del Toro is the writer and producer of this movie so I kind of expected a lot from this one. Unfortunately, it was absolutely not what I expected.

A young girl is sent to live with her estranged father and his girlfriend at their new home. The father, Alex has plans to spruce up the home with the help of his interior decorator girlfriend, Kim. The previous owner of the home was a famous painter who mysteriously disappeared. Alex's daughter, Sally, soon discovers the cause of the painter's disappearance.

First of all the acting, Bailee Madison plays the main character Sally, and she's such a horrible actress. She looks 6 but talks like a grown-up. She seems like a huge spoiled brat to me. Katie Holmes is definitely not someone who I enjoy as an actress but she was reasonable. Guy Pearce is an amazing actor but unfortunately his part is not very big.

The creatures look terrible and way too CGI-like. They act a bit like gremlins, but they are tiny, or maybe Gollum or something, any weird creature will do. Their voices are so lame.

It's mostly a weird movie. The girl is bothered by creatures and her parents know that, and they are just packing so slowly, like there's no rush or something. It's not like there are some weird creatures in your house trying to kidnap your daughter or something.
Why not go away immediately and get your stuff the day after, IN DAYLIGHT? I'm so bothered by these things in horror movies.
The moment that Kim get's kidnapped, why the hell do they just accept that and go away immediately. Why not call the cops, or try to do something so you can save her? Nope, 'oh she just got kidnapped into that tiny hole, well, bad luck! Let's get outta here!'
And how the f* did they get away with that? The police just accepts that she is kidnapped by these creatures and also does nothing? No suspicion or anything? Rrrrright.

I absolutely did not enjoy this movie. I like fantasy movies, but this was just plain stupid. Bad acting for the main actress, good acting from the side-actors. Weird concept and very unbelievable reactions.

My personal rate: 4,5/10

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