The Others (2001)

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 8/10

Creepy story, Kidman and Mann do well as mother/daughter

Slow moving, a bit obvious twist

 
Movie Info

Movie Name: The Others

Studio: Dimension Films

Genre(s): Horror/Mystery/Suspense

Release Date(s): August 2, 2001

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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This house is ours!

Grace (Nicole Kidman) lives with her two children Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley) in the countryside after World War II.  When a old man, old woman, and girl show up seeking work, things begin to happen.  Anne talks about seeing a boy named Victor and the family who lives with him.  Grace begins hearing sounds and bumps in the night.  Now Grace wonders if she’s going crazy or if there is something more sinister going on.  As she seeks the answers to her questions, she might not like what she discovers.

The Others is nicely directed by Alejandro Amenábar and feels like a stylish old ghost story.  It was fairly successful and Nicole Kidman was applauded for her performance.  Part of what makes The Others work is a trick ending.  It will be discussed so be warned *****spoilers**** lurk within this review.

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Are you mad? I am your daughter!

Nicole Kidman is great as the icy, yet insanely protective Grace.  Throughout the movie you are told that she is hiding something and even her children are hiding it.  She can go from calm to rage in moments and this you can tell she’s at a breaking point.  She can’t decide if she wants to believe in the intruders in the house or if it is easier to assume that they don’t exist.

Nicole Kidman is backed up by a great supporting cast.  In particular, Alakina Mann playing her daughter is very strong.  She does a great job being devious and innocent at the same time.  It would be hard to share the screen with Nicole Kidman at such a young age, but Alakina nails all of her scenes with Kidman and often outplays her.  In addition to Alikina, Fionnula Flanagan does a nice turn as the creepy housekeeper Mrs. Mills that knows more than she’s saying.  There is also a short but nice cameo by the Doctor himself Christopher Eccleston as Grace’s husband away from home because of the war.

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Despite the screaming & psycho behavior, Mother loves you!

The Others works a lot like the film The Turn of the Screw.  You don’t know if Kidman is crazy or what and you fear for the safety of the children.  The viewer doesn’t know if the children are somehow manipulating Grace or if it is just the help.  It is relatively easy to guess the ending when you are watching it, but it is nice to go back and rewatch at least once to see how the story was set up.

The Others is one of those film that you often watch and forget about, but not because you disliked it, but because it isn’t full scares and horrors.  It builds it sense of dread and horror in a classical way and even comes off as a period piece at times.  Watch The Others…watch The Others twice.  It is worth the reviewing if you’ve only seen it once.

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