Daily archives "June 27, 2013"

EIFF: Day 6


The Conjuring ****

USA/Director James Wan/112 mins

Based on true events, James Wan’s 2013 horror movie tells the story of a family that finds their house tormented by evil spirits. In an attempt to get rid of the demons, the family calls on psychic investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) to help them.

The sound is excellent, particularly the creaking and banging sounds made by the spirits at regular intervals throughout the film. Combined with the use of a handheld camera that follows the characters through the house, this creates a scary atmosphere that will have the audience holding onto their seats.

“The Conjuring” has well developed characters and relationships between the Warren and Perron families feature heavily throughout the movie. This adds a level of depth that is rarely seen in horror films.

In terms of acting, Lili Taylor stands out in her role as a mother possessed by demons Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga also give great performances as the couple who arrive to investigate while Joey King is enjoyable to watch as Christine, the child who is most affected by the spirits’ presence.

With its old school scary movie theme, real life basis and top class cinematography, “The Conjuring” is a must see for any horror fan.

I Am Breathing ***
UK/Directors Emma Davie and Morgan McKinnon/73 mins

“I Am Breathing” documents the final days of Neil Platt, a young man suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. Narrated by Neil himself and featuring interviews with his friends and family, the documentary gives an intimate view of the months leading to his death.

While the subject matter is interesting, the film tells the audience very little about the actual illness. There is very little explanation of what Motor Neurone Disease is and no appearances from health professionals.

The film works well as a video blog, however Neil’s dialogue gives the viewer only snippets of information about his life and diagnosis and is broken up by random scenes including country roads and sunsets.

Overall, “I Am Breathing” is disappointing. While the audience gets to know Neil as a person, the lack of focus on the subject matter does very little to raise public awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.

Reviewed by Lesley Logan