Anna returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse, Rachel, has moved into their house and become engaged to her father. Soon after she learns this shocking news, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her that Rachel has evil intentions.
***Haunting mysteries on the coast of Maine with Emily Browning and Elizabeth Banks***
After her mother dies in a tragedy, a teen girl (Emily Browning) is sent to a mental hospital. Upon returning to her father’s mansion on the coast of Maine, she reunites with her older sister (Arielle Kebbel) and tries to get along with her dad’s new girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks), her mother’s former nurse, who appears to be taking over. David Strathairn plays the father, a successful author.
“The Uninvited” (2009) is a mystery/horror that combines elements of “The Sixth Sense” (1999), “Half Light” (2006) and “The Ring” (2002), although it’s a little more subdued than the latter. If you like the haunting tone of those movies and the spectacular locations of the latter two, you’ll appreciate it. Browning with her ultra-cute face was 20 during filming, but looks 14. Meanwhile Banks is effective as the biyatch gold-digger and Strathairn is convincing as the clueless father.
The story plays out in a too-predicable manner. If you saw the trailer beforehand it basically tells you everything you need to know. But not really: The last 15 minutes pulls the rug out with some surprising revelations. I heard there was a twist before viewing and went over various possibilities in my mind while watching, but the movie fooled me. Great job on this front. Not everything is as it appears. I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil it.
My relatively high rating is due to the lingering power of the film's message on individual perception. It's potent and applicable stuff, expertly executed.
The film doesn’t overstay its welcome at a mere 1 hour, 27 minutes. It wasn’t shot in the Northeast, however, but obviously British Columbia (Bowen Island). It’s an American remake of the Korean film “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003).
MacDonald/Parkes Productions, Vertigo Entertainment, Cold Spring Pictures, The Montecito Picture Company, Medien 5 Filmproduktion, DreamWorks Pictures by Charles Guard, Thomas Guard, Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Jee-woon Kim.
Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Keywords: remake death of mother evil stepmother evil woman white dress unsent letter medical kit hanging a picture chalkboard
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