Writer: Niall Johnson (Screenplay)
Starring: Michael Keaton, Chandra West, Deborah Kara Unger, Ian McNeice, Sarah Strange, Nicholas Elia, Mike Dopud, Marsha Regis
Plot: Jonathan Rivers (Keaton) believes he is having a great day when he finds out his wife Anna (West) is pregnant. His day takes a dramatic turn for the worse when his wife doesn’t return home, before long it turns into a missing person report before later her body is found. After a surprise visit from Raymond Price (McNeice) who claims he can communicate with Jonathan’s dead wife from beyond the grave. Months past and before long Jonathan starts getting communications of his own which leads him down the path of learning about EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) before this obsession starts to take over his life.
Verdict: Supernatural tale of going too far into the darkness
Story: Using elements of multiply ideas in story telling this uses the ideas of obsession and supernatural to create a story that will keep you guessing as well as leave you wondering. It also uses the idea that after losing a loved one you will try anything to get one more conversation with them, but shows that entering the world of the supernatural could have consequences you don’t know how to handle. (9/10)
Actor Review: Michael Keaton – Jonathan who enters a world of obsession that leads him to go too far into the afterlife world. Good performance but sometimes as admitted by himself mails in the performance but with his talent you can see he didn’t need to be at 100% to give a solid enough performance. (8/10)
Actor Review: Chandra West – Wife of Jonathan who dies early on and only scenes are bleak recordings on the EVPs. Doesn’t have enough time to work with so we don’t get to see the full potential of the character. (6/10)
Actor Review: Deborah Kara Unger – Sarah who has also lost a loved one and found a way to comminute with them from beyond the grave and starts working with Jonathan to find some answers. Good supporting role offering enough support to guide Jonathan as well as question how far he is getting into trouble. (9/10)
Actor Review: Ian McNeice – Richard who provides the information for Jonathan to learn about EVPs. Good supporting role gives enough detail to help the main character but that is all he offers. Not enough screen time to shine. (7/10)
Director Review: Geoffrey Sax – Creates a very nice horror with enough to make it feel like a real story without taking away too much of the horror side of the story. (8/10)
Drama: Instead of over the top horror jumps we get simple build up in this investigation like horror and the drama is shown in how the characters have dealt with the loses of loved ones. (8/10)
Horror: Simple jump scares but the real horror lies in the communication with the dead. (8/10)
Thriller: Some nice suspense that lead to small jumps but when you think you need to build more you gets a jump to early. (6/10)
Special Effects: They start well but the final act comes off a bit messy. (7/10)
Believability: The whole EVP technology is used to try and prove a lot in real life so certain elements of this film could be believable. (7/10)
Chances of Tears: (0/10)
Settings: Some dark areas but not many scenes that fit the usual horror locations. The fitting side of the locations come with how they fit drama of losing someone very home based locations and showing how people want to be alone while they grieve. (7/10)
Suggestion: It has been a few years since I watched this first time and going back and watching for a second time I can see how well made the idea is. I would be suggest this to horror fans who like a good story as well as fans of potential real life phenomenon. (Try It)
Best Part: Even though I found the effects a bit messy I did like the final act.
Worst Part: Some people will find the scares not very impressive.
Scare Of The Film: Computer screen banging.
Oscar Chances: No
Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel.
Overall: Very good horror thriller which focus on simple scares over anything too over the top.