8 May 2008 | Danny_G13
Good fun ghost story
Well made ghost horror might not be the greatest movie ever made, but manages to entertain effectively.
Let us first of all say that this movie does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a ghost story and never pretends to be anything else. Anyone looking for a highbrow horror tale here can look elsewhere.
Getting back to the story though, and a family with a mysterious past move to a new home in the middle of the country, a home with a chequered history of its own, and it is not long before daughter Jess encounters the secrets of the house...
Husband Roy is desperate to make a go of this new life, by making a successful harvest with the fertile soil in the fields next to where they now live, and despite some troubles between mother and daughter it seems that they are going to try putting their problems behind them.
The house has other ideas though.
The Messengers makes no apology for what it is - an old-fashioned ghost story with a hint of horror and which benefits from a slightly shallow plot to aid with fast story telling and scares. Yeah, it's not exactly earth shatteringly terrifying but it does a better job of building tension than most of its peers.
Its special effects are reasonably decent, and never look too fake bar bar one single occasion in the cellar.
The acting too is acceptable and does the job - Kristen Stewart does her best with the material and produces what the role requires.
But the fun here is with the overall feel of the movie - it just works as long as you don't try to expect too much from it.
The only oddity is 'Cigarette Smoking Man' from X-Files William B Davis making an unnecessary and pointless appearance twice as a real estate broker - a side story which was totally inept and served no purpose and gave the actor all of 20 seconds of screen time.
That aside, good movie and worth seeing as long as you don't expect more than it is.