An­guish

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THE FILM be­gins with a teenage girl named Lucy (Gri­d­ley) and her mother, Sarah (Logue), in a car. Lucy asks her mother if she can go for a camp­ing trip. When Sarah says no, an an­gry Lucy storms out and gets run over.

The story cuts to an­other mother-and­daugh­ter pair. Teenager Tess (Simp­kins), who for years has suf­fered from what ap­pears to be men­tal in­sta­bil­ity, has moved into a new house with her mother, Jessica ( An­nika Marks), hop­ing for a fresh start.

One day, Tess skate­boards by the road where Lucy died. An un­seen force pushes Tess down, and when she gets up, she has been pos­sessed by Lucy’s spirit.

A priest from Jessica’s lo­cal church comes by to see Tess and sug­gests to Jessica that an ex­or­cism is needed.

Be­fore any­thing can hap­pen, Tess runs to Sarah’s house. Sarah soon re­alises that the young girl stand­ing in front of her is the daugh­ter she re­cently lost.

Sarah must now con­vince Lucy to leave Tess alone and move on to the other side. But will Lucy lis­ten to her mother?

The di­rec­tor has em­ployed a unique style in pre­sent­ing this hor­ror story. He tries to be sub­tle. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate his ef­fort. But sad to say, he has failed in his at­tempt.

Per­son­ally, I feel the movie is too dry to be called a hor­ror flick. Ex­pect bore­dom to creep in half­way through as the story is re­ally slow. It is like watch­ing a tor­toise run­ning a marathon. There are many use­less, mind­less scenes that should have been cut.

The story has an in­ter­est­ing flavour in the be­gin­ning. But as the film pro­gresses, the

flavour slowly dis­ap­pears, and you are left with a dull taste in your mouth.

A lot of the time, you are left to make your own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of events, which may have worked against the film.

All the ac­tors in the film have one ex­pres­sion on their faces – grim, or de­pressed – from start to end.

No one re­ally laughs or smiles in the film. In fact, the only an­guish here is mainly felt by the au­di­ence.

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