Film review: Within

Last weekend I watched Within with my boyfriend, Blaine.

The movie description provided by Netflix seemed intriguing, so we figured we would give it a go. We hadn’t viewed a horror flick in a while, and this one seemingly fit the bill.

Starring Michael Vartan as John Alexander, Erin Moriarty as Hannah, Alex’s daughter, Nadine Velazquez as Melanie, Hannah’s stepmom, Ronnie Gene Blevins as Ray Walsh, their neighbour, and Dorian Kingi as David, the film depicts the Alexander’s new life as they settle into a new home and city for the sake of John’s job.

The house they move into seems picturesque, however, Hannah soon begins to notice things going missing, objects moving around, and hears odd noises coming from the attic. She attempts to communicate her observations to her father, and while her stepmom believes her, her father chooses to ignore her claims.

Ray Walsh, their new neighbour and locksmith, is portrayed as an incredibly creepy character, thus you’re encouraged to assume he is the culprit behind the odd disturbances Hannah is noticing. This is not the case, however, and David, a significant character in the film, is the actual cause.

The occurrences of seemingly supernatural incidents begin to quicken, and the relevance of David in the situation is quickly revealed.

I don’t want to give anything major away in case you haven’t seen this movie and plan to watch it, but overall, I didn’t find it to be that great. The cinematic elements were decent, however, the acting was a little dull, and the ending was terrible. The concluding scenes draw in tremendous suspense and anticipation, only to end with tumultuous disappointment, in my opinion.

I won’t say this movie is terrible, but it certainly isn’t the best I’ve seen, and I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t watch it again.

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