The Uninvited A Terse Review & a Waste of A Great Twist

by on January 9, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is a review of an “On Demand” viewing of The Uninvited.

The Uninvited is a movie directed by The Guard Brothers (no real previous projects) and written by Craig Rosenberg (Lost, After the Sunset), Doug Miro (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) & Carlo Bernard (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).

Emily Browning in The Uninvited

It starred Emily Browning (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, upcoming: Sucker Punch) as Anna, the daughter.  Arielle Kebbel (Vampire’s Suck) plays Anna’s sister, Alex.  David David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum) is their father, Steven and Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days) plays Steven’s girlfriend, Rachel.

Anna gets out of the funny farm and comes home to her sister Alex, dad and dad’s girlfriend, Rachel.  The family has a slight bit of a bad piece of history where the ill mother had died in an explosive accident.  As Anna returns home, she finds herself discovering little details about her mom’s death as she and her sister tackle not only these issues but also their potential soon-to-be step-mom, Rachel.

This movie ended up confusing me, but not in a bad way.

Elizabeth Banks in The Uninvited

From the get-go The Uninvited presented what looked like a premise of a very typical nutty daughter and an overly-focused female parental figure.  The movie was an excellent background filler for my evening.  If I were completely focused on watching the movie, it would have felt like a very standard ghost movie with all the cliche’s of an angry mom/dad’s girlfriend scenario.  Yes, we see both themes pulled into this movie, and yes, there are ghosts.

David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks in About half-way through I thought I smelled a rat with the plot and literally five minutes before the big reveal happened, I had put together… well, suspected actually, what was up.  The big reveal (nope, not telling) came in three stages and by the end of the movie, was a nice plot twist.

Unfortunately the front 80% of the movie felt like a worn out story full of cliche’s and took away from the complete experience.  But the ending, if you make it to that point, was a fun switch up.

And that’s all I’m saying.

Buy it?  Eh…  if you’re a fan of any of the cast, sure.  Rental, maybe.  TV movie, go for it!  No loss there!  I’d definitely recommend The Uninvited for one of those “good at 2 am” movies.

PS:  Tell me Browning doesn’t look like a young doppelganger for Shannen Doherty!  There’s a certain generic look that she has was a bit distracting.

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