Danny and Oxide Pang, co-directors and identical twins, introduced their first supernatural film of the year, “The Messengers,” with little scare.
The eye-catching, black-and-white start of the film sets the viewer up for failure.
Viewers may assume from the great introduction that the movie is suspenseful and thrilling. But soon after the black and white fades, the real movie follows.
Jess (Kristen Stewart), her 3-year-old brother Ben and their parents Roy and Denise Solomon move from Chicago to a North Dakota farm.
In the midst of their transition, Jess and Ben encounter apparitions, visions of beings that are ghostly or invisible to others.
When Jess confides in her parents and tells them about her reoccurring visions, they accuse her of lying and no longer turn an open ear to the discussion.
The apparitions the children see turn out to be those of a family killed in the home prior to the Solomons’ arrival. John Burwell, a field worker to the Solomons, has a secret that will put the the family in danger of their lives.
Because there was a lack of attentiveness from the audience during the movie, the theater soon filled with soft whispers of boredom.
Several audience members walked out and never returned; some people made several trips in and out of the theater.
Throughout the film, the apparitions, later discovered to be the “messengers,” become increasingly hostile.
Slightly confusing, it is questionable if the apparitions of the dead family were there to warn the Solomons of danger or kill them.
Despite the solemn story line, the action increased but just added more confusion.
When the apparitions started to attack, flash backs of the dead family would come in to play.
Throughout the confusion, the two families who shared the home united to overcome the troubling obstacle, which they never expected.
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