Directed by: The Pang Brothers.
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, John Corbett.
Don't you just love Hollywood reaching to every corner of the world to try something slightly different on there *cough* horror films? This time around they higher Chinese legends The Pang Brothers to direct The Messengers and....well it works out better then expected.
The story follows a family who moves into an old, run-down sunflower farm. There is tension between the family from an incident with the daughter, which could explain there move. As they start to fix everything up to make an income from the crops, the daughter starts to see the houses past and what lies behind the walls. It really is typical, cliched tripe, which isn't necessarily a bad thing....but in this case it is. Mark Wheaton, sure to be the new horror writer on the block, takes every known horror cliche, right down to characters actions and dialogue and pastes it right here, without bringing anything whole to the families tension or to the history of the house, by the 20 minute mark, you shut your brain off. Now the 2.5 stars really go to The Pang Brothers in some aspects, although they are covered by some of the worst editing cuts I have seen in a horror film to create 'sudden scares', which made me roll my eyes, some of there trademark ideas (the floating girl), well thought out camera placements and slow tension is present and some prove to be rather effective....and the sound mixing is amazing as well, proving to be effective when not making sudden noises. The cinematography works well in the needed scenes for atmosphere, but nothing grips you visually elsewhere. Kristen Stewart is a potential actress and can do great things with growth and she doesn't deliver too badly here and proves to lead well.
I really do give 2.5 stars to the sound mixing and the Pang Brothers presence creating some effective chills, but with a copy/paste script, terrible editing techniques and no other redeeming features, the film stands as slightly below average. A disappointment.