The Others (2001)
Available on: Netflix
Runtime: 1hour 44 minutes
One word review: Transfixing!
Did you know?
The Others is actually a Spanish film made in English language.
The Others is a riveting and suspenseful horror movie that keeps us engrossed until the very end. The movie is filled with hidden surprises, giving you a hint of what's story is about as it progress. Although the genre is horror, the story is highly oriented towards a suspenseful screenplay rather than the ghost thrills.
Death of a loved one can lead people to do the strangest things.
The story is set in a periodical setting which is picturesque. Most of the horror movies would be revolving around a haunted house and The Others isn't an exception. But the movie stands out in an excellent way with it's screenplay that's thrilling and intriguing. During the progression of the film, I was reminded of the film The Shining(1980); both the movies have similar elements of surprise. So, like I said earlier, the story is not about horror provoking ghosts scenes but more about the events surrounding the characters in the movie with suspense and not divulging the nature of it until the very end.
The only thing that moves here is the light, but it changes everything.
Nicole Kidman, the only lead actress, a rarity, carries the film on her shoulders with pitch perfect acting. The supporting characters were peculiar and individualistic, building up the suspense moment by moment. The child actors, a boy and a girl, were quite amusing and fitting to the captivating plot. They play the majority of the scenes with charming demeanor.
No crying. Look what an awful face you've got when you cry.
I must give you a hint that the story has a double twist at the end and will surely overwhelm you with the astonishing climax. With very few horror scenes, The Others is a thrilling movie that leaves the viewers flummoxed and ruminating about it.