Soon the wealth of exposition is accompanied by the appearance of hoofed CG wilderness she-beasts devoid of any terrifying personality.
Hokey CGI; if the budget wasn't enough to make the effects good enough, they should have been left out entirely.
Ultimately all wind-up -- a work that dances around a couple moods and genres without ever really wholeheartedly committing to one in particular.
| Original Score: C
It's too wordy by half, saying what it should be showing -- which is ironic, given helmer Aleksander L. Nordaas' able hand, early on, with unspoken, unseen horrors.
Odd hybrid doesn't make the most of its folkloric premise.
Thale packs a lot of character and atmosphere into a short running time, making for an entertaining closed-space thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
There is a great deal of humour in the story; the message that 'man is the real savage' is not fresh but it's well played by the director and his leading men.
the unexpected is precisely what is delivered by this low-budget, high-ambition rewriting of local ancient folklore in a modern idiom.
When it tries to do something different and dangerous, Thale succeeds. When it goes for the heart, or the hero moment, it winds up being more miss than hit.
Solid work from writer/director Aleksander Nordaas, who shapes a beguiling monster movie without ever truly indulging the tropes that often accompany the chaos.
| Original Score: B
There's none of the usual horror over-emphasis here - it's just observational, matter of fact, and thereby much creepier.
| Original Score: 4/5