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Half Light

2 Ratings: 3.0
Film with Demi Moore.

Rachel Carlson, a successful novelist moves to a small Scottish village to move on with her life after the death of her son. Strange things start to happen when she is haunted by ghosts and real life terror.

1 review about Half Light

Collapses under its own implausibility

  • Aug 17, 2009
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This film has a load of strong points, and I've got to believe that the writer and director - given some experience - will produce some really solid work down the line and this was just training. It's the sort of idea that Agatha Christie or Alfred Hitchcock would have devoured and made into a classic, but the editing, pacing and general misdirection isn't handled here correctly. We go from drama to horror to thriller to crime mystery throughout the course of the film, and - while there's no problem in pulling the rug on viewers (Fight Club, Sixth Sense, etc.), to do it well requires a real mastery of story-telling and technical direction.

I suspect this is Demi Moore's attempt to copy her ex-husband's success in Sixth Sense - both are low budget, full of unknowns and aim for/have surprising twists. Whereas the Sixth Sense pulled off the trick through the clever use of mood and selective scenes, this one throws too many elements together to create a wow factor when the secret is revealed. Also, as a mark of an immature script, there aren't nearly enough characters to weave the kind of environment they're aiming for, so it has a part-fishbowl/part-illogical problem where the action is either unlikely or just plain idiotic.

Still, it's a bit different. It's good to see Scotland put to good use (although it's shot in Wales - why?). The CGI is ropey as hell - there are several shots of the main lighthouse that literally look like the rendering was switched off in Maya. It's so bad, you wonder if you've accidentally switched onto a video game in the middle of the film. The ending has too many too ends that don't make much sense, and it really does struggle in final act. But I'm a fan of indie stuff, so let's hope this is the stepping stone to better things.

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