Cert: 15 Runtime: 93 mins Director: Jason Zada Cast: Natalie Dormer, Eoin Macken and Stephanie Vogt
I don’t know if this forest made you psycho or you were always this crazy
It’s well said that I do enjoy horror films but January horror films are generally crap. The Forest seemed to be a different breed for a January film. But was it to surpass the Paranormal Activities of the world? The majority of people will watch this purely for Natalie Dormer, who goes for the Jennifer Lawrence approach by doing a horror to platform her career. So what is The Forest about? Against the backdrop of the Aokigohara Forest in Japan, a young American woman comes in search of her recently missing twin sister. Despite warnings not to “stray from the path,” Sara (Natalie Dormer) dares to enter the forest to discover the truth about her sister”s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who now prey on anyone who comes their way.
I’ll give this story credit that it has a good set up for a psychological thriller. They show that effort was put in with the background they’ve set up for our main girl and her sister. The Forest unfortunately suffers from a story that’s more interested in it’s set up rather then in the actual search. It’s a scary idea to walk into a haunted forest, but the scares are too far in between and never establish whether the majority of them are of the mind or are real.Natalie Dormer is clearly trying her hardest with the task of playing twins. With what she gives, it’s okay, but with the way the direction is set, I doubt another actress could have brought more.I think what bothered me was the overall investment. I know someone’s life is at risk, but The Forest makes the mistake of being too unclear on what’s exactly in there. Were never told whether it’s ghosts, demon, or even if what the people were frightened of was real. The Shining was vague as well, but they at least gave us an idea of what was out there and that Jack Nicholson was not there mentally. Sara lacks a strong identity and therefore, I couldn’t get that invested if the movie barley is already.