29 November 2018 | Andrelamus
Interesting and thought-provoking thriller
This film is a wonderful thriller which manages to hold both its mystery parts and grizzly parts to a high standard. It details the life of a successful sculpturer and his descent into madness as he tries to unravel multiple mysteries in his life. Different topics are explored within the plot such as self-fulfillment and interpersonal relationships which affect the main character while also exploring abuse, voyeurism and violence through its various conspiracies.
The film keeps a good pace, unraveling its mysteries without having dull moments or unnecessary filler. While it deals with harsh subjects, it manages to be tame with its violence, with a few exceptions made to keep the viewer tense throughout. The lack of significant gore in the movie makes the climax much stronger. It takes a sudden turn into the gory extreme (compared to the rest of the film) which succeeds in shocking the viewer.
This paragraph contains spoilers: The film does rely on a cliche ending of "it was all in his mind" type of twist. It could be considered a fitting ending though. The film has multiple cases of foreshadowing towards the ending, symbolism and other artistic qualities which are too often missing from other thrillers or films which use this type of ending.
Overall, "The Forbidden Door" is a great film. With solid acting, interesting premise and great execution it is truly a joy to watch. It manages to be interesting through its entirety with its compelling and interesting story. It left me pondering about it after the end, which is pretty rare, and only goes to show it is much more than a mindless thriller.