Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Dorm: Terrible Movies #56
Overlong and melodramatic, this Thai coming-of-age ghost story has some gem-like moments in it, but you have to slog through a lot of cliche to get to them. I would chalk up some of these problems with cliche to a need for aggressive editing, some to cultural differences (the musical interlude in the middle of the film seemed to me to be corny and tacked on; but maybe like Bollywood films, Thai audiences enjoy this and I'm not the audience the film-makers are trying to reach), some to budgetary constraints, and some to the horror genre itself. However, it was nice to look at, was generally well acted by the young cast, and had a couple of jolts, but that could have been the bombastic score talking. I also enjoyed the theme that cropped up several times of holding your breath, which seemed refreshing and unusual. On Netflix Instant Streaming.