14 June 2019 | ma-cortes
A mystery thriller by Alejandro Amenabar in which a detective becomes involved into a twisted investigation
Set in Minnesota in 1990 , Police Inspector Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke), is summoned to find out the complex case of the seventeen-year-old runaway Angela Gray (Emma Watson) . She accuses her daddy , John Gray, (David Dencik) of an unspeakable and ominous crime. As John, confesses to the grisly crime, even though he has no recollection of his action . When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits his heinous guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Kenneth Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories. What they discover unmasks a terrible and baffling result . Meanwhile, the local media hints the possibility that everything could have been a satanic cult's doing. Fear always finds its victim.
Set against the backdrop of a seemingly endless string of suspenseful incidents of satanic ritual abuse in America1990s , Minnesota , in which a detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a horrifying satanic cult while investigating a young woman's terrifying past and resulting in a bizarre nationwide mystery . The picture displays lots of creepy and weird moments . Confused , tense, controversial and with horrible scenes about practices of satanic worship , devil ritual , eerie sex-scenes and satanism .Production values and set design are highlighted by the usual cool scenarios, as exterior in a little town , as colorful interior. Ethan Hawke gives a good acting as a detective who investigates the case of a strange young . Emma Watson is acceptable along with David Thewlis , both of whom formerly starred in the Harry Potter franchise . Support cast is pretty good , such as : Lothaire Bluteau , Dale Dickey , David Dencik , Devon Bostick , Peter MacNeill and Aaron Ashmore as a suspicious cop.
It contains an evocative and adequate cimnematography by Daniel Aranyó . Shot on location in Mississauga,Hamilton,Newmarket,Toronto,Tottenham,Oakville, Ontario, Canada and Spain . As well as a thrilling and mysterious musical score by Roque Baños . The motion picture was regularly directed by Alejandro Amenábar . At his beginning Amenábar made some Short-Films , he progressed and reached his first commercial success in 1996 with "Thesis" produced by José Luis Cuerda , a film which undoubtedly showed that a major new director had arrived on the scene. Later "Abre Los Ojos" or ¨Open your eyes¨(1997) was remade in Hollywood by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky (2001), starring Tom Cruise and "Los Otros" or ¨The Others¨ confirmed his arrival in the cinematographic world , in which Tom Cruise was executive producer along with Paula Wagner and this marked the last collaboration between Cruise and Nicole Kidman prior to their divorce . ¨Los Otros" enhanced his prestige in the cinematographic world and is Amenábar's first English language film and was the highest grossing Spanish film in the all-time worldwide box office history . In all his films he also writes the script and the music, as well as composing the music for other films, most notably "La Lengua de las Mariposas" (1999) or Butterflies tongue" (1999). He also directed ¨Mar Adentro¨ with the Oscarized Javier Bardem and finally the epic/historical ¨Agora¨ with Rachel Weisz , among others .