Look Away Reviews
It plays out quiete a bit like Carrie (1978) except in this one the young girl has a "ghost" instead of psychic powers. That ghost lives in the mirror, looks just like young Maria and watches her from her reflection. At first Airam, as she calls herself seeks to council Maria and comfort her. But the suggestion is made clear that this is only an attempt to gain her trust. Their is a foreboding sense to each of these scenes made possible by their aternation with scenes of young Maria's torment at the hands of her distant and critical father, her weak and shrinking violet mother, the school bully (a young man named Mark with a pyschotic propensity to torture Maria publicly and humiliate her) and even her best friend Lily; who is dating Sean, which cute boy
Maria desperately wants.
These scenes of awkward adolescent traima and the growing relationship of dependence between Maria and her reflection build until the clax at the winter dance, where all Maria's tormentors and short-comings collide bringing her to her low point and weakening her enough to let her darker self take over.
Now, up to this point the film does pretty well. It's Oedipal enough to be Erie while still feeling honest and plausable. It's sexual in a way that is mostly uncomfortable but not too distant or forced. The development of pathos for Maria using the bullying from her father and the dickish and immature Mark, who evokes James Spader in his ski-Nazi rape bully roles of the 80's and the set-up of Sean as the
sacrificial lamb, even the characterization of Lily as the wolf in sheep's clothing who suffers Maria only to measure herself against her; they all work well.
But in the film's third act it sort of falls apart. It seeks to convey a vengeful spirit tone but it has elements of pure psychosis that it also tries to develop. The "Airam" version of the FMC begins to make erratic decisions which spiral her life out of control, as she should, but without the commitment to that thread, or the character to call her to grips with the moral consequences such a plot requires, and in the end the film tries for an ending which blends all three ideas ( psychosis, revenge spirit, some amalgam of both) and it doesn't quite work.
The acting is largely excellent and the score and effects are well done. The editing and cinematography also seem well done. The script and director just needed to he bolder. Pick an ending and stick with it.
Nobody wants J.J. Abrams and his mystery box here.
Either do "Carrie" or do "Poison Ivy". Not both.
For what its worth the lead up to absolute nothingness was interesting... it's just a shame there was no conclusion to speak of.
Netflix had this listed under horror... not even remotely scary, and I would argue its borderline "not horror." I didn't feel any suspense or shock watching. You see 3 people die in total, which isn't scary at all - just very mildly macabre.
The quality of the film itself was good, as lame as it turned out to be - atleast it wasn't cheesy with crappy effects (Atleast not by my standards).
I would advise just saving your time. For me the total non-ending dragged this movie down to 2 stars... had they taken the time to properly wrap up the story a bit, I probably would have put it in the 4 star range. These non-ending movies are a total dealbreaker for me.
The most shittest movie I´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)ve ever seen. So boring made me fall asleep . LITERALLY!!!!