Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house with her two photosensitive children. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.
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The atmosphere of this creepy ghost film is absolutely amazing and Nicole Kidman's performance is incredible. I loved that this was a throwback to gothic horror and the elements used to scare are very old fashioned. I also didn't see the ending coming in anyway what-so-ever, and even though the ending was great, it was really the rest of the film that got to me. So creepy, visually stunning and entertaining.
What a gorgeous, elegant and effective little gem. "The Others" stands out in a decade where Guillemero Del Toro's CGI-heavy creature flicks were the heavy hitting horror films as a somber, brooding, atmospheric chiller that understands it's what we DON'T see that is the most terrifying. An astounding performance from Nicole Kidman, easily her best, is as compelling as the slow burning tension of the tale.
This might just be one of the best plot twists the horror/ghost genre has ever been graced with. It comes to prove that a great movie doesn't need an extraordinary story. The magic lies in telling a familiar story in an extraordinary way.
Amenábar masters pace and technique to deliver this atmospheric ghostly feature. In a way it is a text book masterclass in suspense but something that Amenábar cleverly delivers with ease and style where many others regularly fail managing just mere caricatures of the genre. Kidman is comfortable, beautiful, sombre and collected. The kids are natural born actors. And Fionnula Flanagan brings solemnity into the fold.
Spectacular! Clever script and amazing performances by all the actors. Now, the cinematographer is the star here, my friends. This is a true horror film but at the same time, it will give you a visual orgasm.
Striking little ghost story--on initial viewing, it's a little easy to get wrapped up in predicting the 'twist' ending, but on repeat watch, with that out of the way, what sticks is the craftsmanship - gorgeous use of light and fog, playfully ambiguous performances and a story that plays a bit like a sardonic twist of Plato's allegory of the cave, dealing w/ orthodoxy at war with the great mysteries of the universe.