Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Close Your Eyes (2002)

Director: Nick Willing

Starring: Shirley Henderson, Goran Visnjic, Miranda Otto, Sophie Stuckey, Josh Ricahrds, John Rogan, Clair Rushbrok, Lauren Gabrielle Volpert, Sarah Woodward

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The deeper the sleep. The darker the fear.

Plot: While treating a policewoman for smoking, hypnotherapist Michael Strother has a telepathic vision of a young girl floating beneath the surface of a stream. The escaped victim of a ritualistic serial killer, the girl has become mute, and Michael is called upon by Scotland Yard to unlock the secrets she holds in order to catch a man who believes he has discovered the key to immortality.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Not a bad picture. The performances are good.  Even though the serial killer isn't portrayed as over the top as they often are, this one's not perfect but I like the killer's motive.  It's different for a change.  But overall the film doesn't offer up anything very compelling or all that suspenseful.  It kind of felt like (and this is no insult to the film makers) that it was a glorified modern TV movie.  I guess maybe it was because of the lack of violence and gore (although there is one great scene). 

It's probably unfair to say that but there was this underlying vibe I was getting.  It turns out that director Willing has done mostly TV (series, movies and mini-series).  If you're tired of the usual serial killer fare then this might be just for you. It maintains a sense of gloomy while remaining low key.

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