The Monitor (Babycall) (2012)
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Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders' father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders' mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors
Jul 24, 2012 Wide
Jul 24, 2012
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It's the naturalistic intensity of Rapace's performance that stays with us.
Norwegian director/writer Pal Sletaune appears to have been influenced by Roman Polanski, but The Monitor is more oppressive than haunting. There is little or no sense of dread. The climax is predictable.
The Monitor is one of the better psychological thrillers I've seen in awhile.
(Noomy) Rapace gives the performance of the week ( ... ) on this form I could watch her all day long
Rapace again proves herself to be a fearless actress, especially when Babycall is delivering elements which are as unsettling as something like Robin Williams' One Hour Photo.
Provides an effectively unsettling counterpart to glossier chillers of its ilk.
The film and Rapace command our attention, though at the end one feels Norway has used up the whole of this year's quota of red herrings.
The movie makes less and less effort to keep us up to speed - it's a reasonable assumption that a lot of it's going on inside Rapace's head, but determining precisely how much feels like a fool's errand.
This effective chiller bears more than a passing resemblance to The Baby's Room, Alex de la Iglesia's contribution to the 2006 Spanish TV series Films to Keep You Awake.
It's a great idea for a thriller - but then other plotlines get muddled in, and everything unravels into a cop-out.
The ending may not entirely add up, but a minor complaint with so much else to keep us on our toes.
Part disturbing study of vulnerability, part twisty-turny decoy fest, Babycall gets a bit too ensnared in its own web of intrigue.
It's a great idea but there are too many confusing sup-plots and no satisfactory resolution.
Genuinely creepy, it's another Scandinavian thriller that will nestle uncomfortably in your head.
It's a well-paced, gradually established scenario; Norwegian writer/director Pål Sletaune keeps us guessing as to what is really going on, while drip-feeding information that slowly undermines the reliability of Anna's perspective.
The script needs more nurturing but Noomi Rapace takes up some of the slack in Pal Sletaune's maternal mystery.
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