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Once an anomaly in the Danish film industry for his love of genre oriented film, Nightwatch helmer Ole Bornedal's tastes have become far more mainstream not because he has changed himself but because the Scandinavian nation itselt has become far more embracing of thrillers and darker fare in recent years. Ironic, then, that due to the pursuit of some English language projects that never got off the ground and one massive Scandinavian TV series that did, it has now been a whopping seven years since Bornedal was last on cinema screens with 2009's stellar Deliver Us From Evil. But he's on his way back now with what sounds like a deliciously dark comedy with Small Town Killers. The film tells the story about two tradesmen,...
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What could have been a solid, scary horror with deep psychological roots ends up being a by the numbers chiller with painfully inevitable plotting, no long lasting scares and a curious lack of atmosphere for something set in an infamously haunted suicide forest. At times there is some flirtation with excellence – like the intriguing idea of naive lead Sara’s unravelling psychological horror echoing her past – but it’s not artfully handled enough and the promise goes away to nothing.
The enduring feeling left by The Forest is one of missed potential. There was some promise of a not-exactly-clever, but satisfying twist that would have had the her missing twin »
- Simon Gallagher
2 items from 2016
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