a spooky, suspenseful delight
Talk about freaky.
Three new servants join a lonely woman (Nicole Kidman) and her two photophobic
children in their isolated Victorian mansion. Soon after, ghostly intruders
begin terrorizing the household, and the mysteries ripen to a juicy plumpness.
Finally, a shocking conclusion throws the film into a whole new light.
This film makes the viewer want to stay quietly slumped in his movie
seat for as long as possible in order to catch the next showing, even
if it means avoiding the awkward glances coming from that uniformed guy
sweeping the popcorn off the floor.
This is terror that is terribly good. This is The Others.
It's the kind of movie that makes me shed tears of pride for the industry.
It makes me temporarily forgot about the money-sucking crap it has been
spitting out for most of the summer-crap that I've sat through only because
I got to see it for free (I worked at a movie theater
I came out of The Others with a smile on my face that could not be wiped
off even by the sight of the frizzy, dyed red mullet on a guy walking
At random times during the day, I would even suddenly look up excitedly
and announce that I had discovered something cool about the movie (while
people around me probably wondered what I was on). However, I can't tell
you what any of those findings are! I can't spoil! No
Oh, and Haley Joel Osment had better watch his back. Anakila Mann, who
plays Kidman's daughter, is a rising starlet (and she's got a cuter name
Her portrayal of Grace's stubborn daughter reminds me all too well of
the too clever for her age little girl I used to baby-sit. A performance
powerful enough to bring back that long suppressed memory must be good.
The Others is the psychological thriller at its best. If you liked Silence
of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, or Scary Movie (that last one was a sick
joke--shame on you if you didn't catch it), you'll love this film. Go