Into the Forest movie full length review - Let this be a warning...
I went into this blind, not knowing anything much about it and i have to admit i've come away not knowing much more about it after watching it.
The premise sounded good enough - Massive power cut, two sisters left to fend for themselves in resulting Blackout. Sounds like it could be a bit of an action packed film right? An adventure of unknown quantities at very least... Nope, it was, well, i don't know what it was.
It starts with a Widowed Dad and his two daughters living in the middle of nowhere, living a life of bliss. Everything is happy, they're getting on like a perfect 'Oxo' family. There's a massive power cut wiping out power all down the West Coast. Panic sets in.
Unfortunately Dad is killed in an accident which was sadly all too avoidable( if only he'd done his safety checks) while out felling trees in the forest, leaving his two daughters to fend for themselves.
For some inexplicable reason, their perfect house begins literally falling down round about them - so let this be a warning that without power our houses are in extreme danger of springing leaks and rotting over the period of a few Months. A Boyfriend of one of the girls pops by to make sure they're OK and stays for a few days before revealing he is heading to Boston and wants her to come with him... After One night, she runs back home to her sister.
The next piece of excitement comes when the boy who worked in the local store pops by and Rapes the older sister before stealing their Jeep. And, low and behold sister falls pregnant with store boys baby.
That is all that happens in this film. There was no real story, no major plot. It was however well filmed and acted, i'll give them that but i kept waiting for something to happen which never did. It isn't an awful film though, this is one of the frustrations about it but nor is it a good film, it's just a film that goes nowhere fast. Even the ending isn't an ending, there is no real conclusion, not because there's a feeling of a sequel coming from this either.
I get the impression it was trying to be an artsy intelligent piece of film but it was too one dimensional for that. No doubt however the Hipster crowd will fall over themselves for this, lauding it as a true piece of film making, real artwork and a baring of ones soul on film...etc...etc...