Writer: Rob Harmon (Screenplay)
Starring: Jeff Ayars, Drew Beckas, Riggsby Lane, Simone Policano
Plot: A struggling couple’s weekend getaway goes awry when a child arrives in the middle of the night claiming to be their son.
Runtime: 1 Hour 13 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Lacks the Spark
Story: This Is Our Home starts when Cory (Ayars) and Reina (Policano) go on a weekend getaway at an old family home to put some of the struggles of life behind them. The two are trying to start their own family, without having much success until one night on the getaway when a knocking comes from the door, by a child, a child who claims to be their own.
Zeke (Beckas) claims to be their own child, that Cory has hurt him, the two take the boy in and offer support as they try to figure out if and where Zeke has come from. As the night continues the couple both starts acting stranger through the night.
Thoughts on This Is Our Home
Characters – Cory is the partner of Reina’s that has become distant in life, he does want to support his wife with this trip being a chance to try and make up for his mistakes. He gets accused of hurting the child that says he is their son, something he denies, and it wouldn’t make sense if he had. Reina is the partner of Cory and medical student; she has a weird thing she likes to do with her partner to practise and is returning to her own family home, where the dark secrets are what scare her most. Zeke is the boy that turns up at the doorstep claiming to be their son, he does seem to have an ability to make Reina believe this, as he tries to put himself into the family using the innocent child to help his case.
Performances – This is a hard film to judge the performances, mostly because everything is kept relatively simple with story, Jeff Ayars and Simone Policano both make themselves look like a struggling couple, showing both the best and worst moments from a relationship. Drew Beckas does bring the child character to life well and does make you wonder if there is more to his character or not.
Story – The story here follows a couple that get a strange visit from a child claiming to be their own when they know they haven’t had any children. This story is strange because it does seem to lack that moment that could take it from this is unusual to, that makes sense. The couple are struggling which is clear to see, the child does seem to have some control over them, but it isn’t made clear why or how, add in the mysterious room that is key to everything, we are left with more questions than answers by the end of the film. The story never reaches the interest level of what is could have been which leaves it feeling disappointing more than anything.
Horror/Romance – The horror seems to be slow building moments that just don’t pay off, while the romance is more about the relationship between the two and how much they have been struggling.
Settings – The film is set in an old family home which shows us just how the couple needed the escape, it has a mysterious room which should hold more answers too.
Scene of the Movie – The arrival.
Final Thoughts – This is a horror that has all the questions lined up and fails to answer enough of them by the end of the film, it will leave you asking more than we got.
Overall: Disappointing Horror.