THE OTHERS (2001) MOVIE REVIEW
Today, I’m reviewing a spectacular horror movie with a superb story and compelling characters. It does an excellent job of achieving a thrilling experience that makes people appreciate horror movies a lot more.
The Others is a horror mystery written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar, starring Nicole Kidman. It tells the story of a woman, who lives in an old family house with her two photosensitive children, becoming convinced that the house is haunted by ghosts.
First of all, the story truly captivates the audience in a great way. It’s both mysterious and thrilling, which makes the movie highly immersive. The film begins with three servants coming to the old house for jobs. In the house, there is a mother named Grace and her two children, Anne and Nicholas. The children are extremely photosensitive, which means that exposure to sunlight can be deadly for them. Because of this, Grace always keeps the curtains closed and locks the doors after entering a room. As the film progresses, the residents of the house begin to experience strange things they cannot explain properly and the story goes on from there.
Secondly, I think that the storytelling is quite impressive. Throughout the movie, the aspects of mystery and horror are done so well that I was always wondering what was going to happen next, and what was the mystery behind everything that was happening. Thankfully, it answers the questions it gives to the audience but it also leaves some things to the viewer’s imagination, which is a smart decision in my opinion. Some may say the movie is too slow-paced and I would agree with them to some extent. However, I think its slow progression fits it and I didn’t feel bored most of the time. When it comes to the horror aspect of the film, it doesn’t feature endless jump scares or gruesome monsters, instead, it has a gloomy atmosphere and intriguing characters, which makes it an amazing horror film. That is because it doesn’t try to scare the audience with cheap and obnoxiously loud scenes but with the true feeling of dread and peril around the characters. Speaking of the characters, I’d like to say that the actors do excellent jobs, especially Nicole Kidman, who gives a truly convincing performance.
Lastly, the cinematography and the soundtrack are also pretty great. For the cinematography, I can say that the shots are both dismal and mesmerizing, which is a difficult combination to achieve. As for the soundtrack, the original scores perfectly fit the movie’s overall atmosphere.
All in all, I think that The Others is a wonderful horror movie with a captivating story, brilliant storytelling, intriguing characters, beautiful cinematography, and a great soundtrack. It may feel slow at times but it’s still an awesome movie that I’d definitely recommend.