Subtlety gives way to sensationalism in 2009's remake of the Korean masterpiece A TALE OF TWO SISTERS. Two sisters set out to expose their wicked stepmother as a ruthless murderer, but in doing so, they uncover the dark secrets behind their own mother's death. THE UNINVITED takes a soft, touching ghost tale and turns it into an exploitative shocker that perverts the essence and beauty of the original film. The twists are plainly stated in the opening act, which not only insults the viewer's intelligence, but also negates the impact and significance of the events that follow. It also unnecessarily introduces a family of dead children into the plot in order to further implicate the stepmother as the killer. Elizabeth Banks is entirely one-sided in her role, while Emily Browning and Arielle Kebbel's decent performances are wasted thanks to a terrible script. THE UNINVITED is only good for the few cheap scares it can muster on a PG-13 rating.
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