Monday, April 13, 2015

It Follows

Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 10th April, 2015
Time : 92 minutes (100 minutes in USA)
Director & Writer : David Robert Mitchell; Music : Various
Starring : Maika Monroe, Lili Sepe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Bailey Spry

You get the atmosphere - the unmistakably horror film kind – where spooky, unexplained bad things happen. Where you watch almost every frame in anticipation of the next attack. Where the music plays tricks with you – building up a crescendo all too often, including for a few false alarms. But what you miss a credible story – where the mystifying events begin to make sense and get woven into a satisfying conclusion.

Something or someone begins to follow you, steadily, slowly but surely. Has the potential to do you great harm. Can come at any moment, will walk at a gentle, even pace but will make a beeline for you. Will not be visible to anyone else. And the only way to get rid of it is to have sex with someone. In which case it begins to follow your partner…but beware… in case it manages to kill him/her, it will circle back and begin to follow you again !

Its this evil that enters the life of Maika – unexpectedly and after some good sex, of course. It changes her, her life. And also the life of her motley group of childhood friends – Lili, Keir, Olivia. Lili and Keir are siblings, Keir has a huge crush on Maika, likes watching her secretly and they had also been each others first kiss… Daniel, a good-looking slightly older neighbor joins the circle a little later, to help save Maika, much to Keir’s underplayed disgust.

And so the movie goes…there are attacks, saviours, escapes and more attacks…Whatever it is that follows, does so relentlessly. There is some sex also that happens but the Indian censors obviously don’t deem us worthy of watching as the movie is 8 minutes shorter vs the US length….Such movies work for me only if there is a satisfying conclusion, one where all the threads get neatly tied up…and unfortunately, that is not the case here…which lets the entire film down for me…

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