Sunday, September 13, 2009

Grace (2009)

Paul Solet breaks into the genre with an original, atmospheric, and creepy tale that will make you think twice before having kids... A young woman decides to have a still-birth after her husband and as yet unborn child are killed in a car accident. After delivering while in the care of her midwife, Grace wills the infant back to life, but is the child that returns the same one that was taken from her? GRACE capitalizes on every parents fears of suffocating in-laws, infant mortality, isolation, and post-partem depression, and takes each of these fears to their absolute extremes in the form of a dark satire. Jordan Ladd is devastating as Grace, leaving the audience floored in the wake of her emotive and painful performance. Her slow descent into madness is perfectly executed, and mirrored in the cinematography, lighting, and set design as the film grows progressively darker. In many ways, it feels like a modern twist on Polanski's REPULSION. The supporting players offer strong and quirky entries, each with slightly off-setting characters that are grounded but intimidating in their roles. There is mild gore throughout the picture, but what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up in stomach-churning, fist-tightening disgust. Reports that two people fainted during its premiere may create the wrong impression, as it is the intensity of the suspense paired with natural body horror that has pushed several audience members past their breaking points. GRACE instills true horror, relatable horror, and it is the events that are based in reality that are even more effective than the supernatural elements of the plot. It is one of the strongest Independent Horror efforts in years, and comes highly recommended!

Rating: 9/10.
Gore: 7/10.
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9 comments:

  1. Sounds weird! I can't believe there are reports of people fainting at the premier and I haven't heard of it.

    As always, great rundown on the movie. Awesome stuff!

    JM

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  2. The fainting episodes gained the film tons of notoriety, especially considering that both of them happened at the World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. This ones a real blast, Im sure you guys will like it Jer!

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  4. I'm excited to see this. Glanced over the review, even though I'm sure there are no spoilers, but I'm like you, and when I'm really anticipating a film, I like to have an open mind going in. I'll be back once I've seen it.

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  5. Great review Carl - I've been looking forward to seeing this film for quite some time now.

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  6. Finally saw it. And I'm sorry, but I didn't like it at all. I'll be posting a review soon, but I'm not looking forward to it, because everyone's gonna' hate me for criticizing it.

    I just didn't find it suspenseful or disturbing, nor the performances all that incredible. Just a flat tire that never got rolling for me.

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  7. And thats why we love ya Becks, looking forward to the review to compare notes!

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  8. horrible, wretched movie. i'm really glad someone got something out of it because i certainly didn't!
    i'm starting to question your taste, carl...

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  9. Ive actually been surprised to see as much negative feedback as the film has received. As an Independent Horror entry, the character development, cinematography, and originality of the plot far exceed anything else that has hit the film festivals for years. I may have been biased in the sense that I have a huge appreciation for anything that is truly unique and exists outside of the Hollywood mainstream, but I still fully back GRACE and find it to be a very well made film =D

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