The Turning – Thriller
Category – Movie
Content – This movie begins with some character development – a nanny with a mentally disturbed mother, a horrifying caretaker, and 2 children who have grown up in what seems to be a haunted mansion. The little girl Flora has been isolated from the world, and since her parents untimely death, has grown accustomed to living within these scary walls. And Miles is your typical troubled teen who was born to privilege and wants everyone to know he is better than they are. When Kate walks in to become the “new” nanny, the story unravels. The first 60 minutes is filled with intrigue and mystery, you wonder what is wrong with the house and the kids. There are some cheap thrills, but the thrills don’t change so they become less scary and more annoying. After the first hour, the movie completely falls down. What begins as a ghost story becomes a movie about a mentally confused woman. It was like the writers had NO clue how to end this film, so you get 3 completely different story lines in about 30 minutes. And they must have gotten annoyed with the script and quit, because it ends so abruptly that it leaves you saying “huh??? What was that???” In the end, I think the kids might be completely normal and it was all the nanny’s disturbed mental state, but WHO KNOWS??? This scores a 3 out of 10.
Acting – The acting in this film is actually not bad. It’s just a bummer that Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince didn’t have better material to work with. Finn’s acting shines, from Stranger Things to movies like It, I’m intrigued to see where this young actor goes with his career. All these actors just needed a better script. Scores a 4 out of 10.
Duration – 1 hr 34 mins. The duration is fine. Since the film falls apart after 60 minutes, anything more than another 34 would have been brutal. This gets a 4 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for The Turning – 11 out of 30
Recommended Watch – NO, you would leave the theater extremely disappointed as to how they end the film. The only thing you could do is watch the film, and make it a game to figure out what story lines would have actually worked?