I Am a Ghost (2013)
I Am a Ghost (2013)
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You know that this movie's budget was only $10,000. I don't wanna say that that is necessarily impressive, considering the fact that you can notice, at least from the film's look and cinematography, that that aspect didn't cost a lot of money to produce. But it's still impressive what this movie managed to achieve with only a fraction of a fraction of what it takes to produce a real high quality horror movie these days. And this really isn't what I would call a conventional horror movie, it definitely wears its influences on its sleeves, but it's more of an old-school ghost story that shares some more psychological themes. When I say old-school ghost story, however, I must say that there's a twist in that the movie looks at Emily's journey to the 'other side', as it were, through the help of this medium that was hired by the family currently residing in Emily's former house. It's not necessarily the most unique of ideas, since The Others' big reveal was that the entire family were actually ghosts. But you're aware, fairly early on, that Emily is indeed the ghost. And I thought that opened up a lot of possibilities to tell a really interesting story. For the most part, they do manage to tell an interesting story and have intriguing conversations about Emily's current state, her past, the afterlife, etc, etc. Splice this with surreal imagery/memories from Emily's life and it's a movie that definitely has a lot to offer from a narrative standpoint. The movie, however, isn't without its flaws. This barely runs 71 minutes, 75 with credits, and even then I think the movie tries to pad itself out to make it longer than it probably should have been. There are elements of the movie that it's very similar to Groundhog Day, in that Emily relives the same memories every day. About over half of the first film is this repetition, over and over and over again. And I get the reasoning behind it, Emily hasn't taken the steps she needs to take in order to allow herself to move on. So before she gets to that point, she keeps reliving the same memories with no knowledge of the fact that this keeps happening. I get that, for sure, but it just got to the point that I felt it was time to move on with the narrative. It got a little tedious, let us say. And I really do feel that is the main theme that keeps the movie from getting a higher rating. Because everything outside of the Groundhog Day elements is actually really good. There's also some moments in the last act, when it's revealed that for Emily to go to the other side, she needs to restore both of the souls she released when she died. You see, Emily had multiple personalities and one of those personalities was a murderous maniac. Emily actually killed herself during one of these moments when her personality switched. So, in essence, she released two souls, hers and the murderer, instead of one and that's why she wasn't able to cross over. It's actually a really freaking clever little deal. Anyway, this is when the horror really 'kicks in', as it were, and there some scenes that don't look great. I don't wanna say laughable, because they weren't, but they could have been executed much, much better than they were. It is what it is. Anyway, the acting is strong as well. Anna Ishida is real good in her role. There's no one else to rave about really, because the only other actress featured in the film, the medium, you only get to hear her voice. And her role doesn't really require as much, but she's fine regardless. With that said, this movie is certainly not perfect, but it's proof that you can make a good movie with interesting themes with a very minuscule budget. It's definitely not gonna be everybody's cup of tea, but I enjoyed the movie and that's all that matters.
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