The Garden (2006)
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Critic Reviews for The Garden
The Garden was one of those films that I was surprised I enjoyed, and that's a nice feeling to have whether your in a movie theater or on your couch watching a DVD.
...ultimately undone by its excruciatingly slow pace and overly talky vibe.
Audience Reviews for The Garden
The film tells the story of a psychologically troubled pre-teen boy named Sam (brilliantly played by Adam Taylor Gordon) who is having trouble dealing with his parents' divorce, and as a result he has violent and vivid dreams that makes him self mutilate himself. After his father David (Brian Wimmer) checks him out from a mental hospital the two get into a nasty car accident on their way home and wakes up on an isolated farm owned by a mysterious old man, Ben Zackery (LANCE HENRIKSEN). He offers David a job until they wrap up some business back home.
The problem is that Ben Zachary isn't who he says he is. Instead of being a benevolent farmer, he is really the Devil incarnate. On his property is the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden, the place where our whole existence began according to the Holy Bible. In order to overturn God's world, Zachary is trying to find a willing human to eat from the tree and has sinister plans for the both of them involving witchcraft and evil. There is a fair share of gore and violence including the creepy bathroom scenes and Zackery sewing his victims mouth shut while Sean Young pops up as the bible schoolteacher Miss Chapman whom Sam befriends.
I've said it before, I'll say it again. I think Lance Henriksen is enjoyable to watch in any role. He just seems incapable of turning in a bad performance. The movie on the other hand... It's a decent apocalypse-coming thriller with a slightly different take on the Garden of Eden mythos, but really only so-so. As another review read "pretty tame and unimpressive". With the exception of LH, that pretty much sums it up.
A pretty tame and unimpressive movie. Lance Henriksen's performance was the best part of the Garden, and it's nice to see him in a lead role.
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