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Dr. Sarah Chapel (Michele Hicks) returns to the small town of Brighton
Mills when her father Dr. Robert Chapel (Richard Bekins) unexpectedly
dies. His clients and friends miss him, and Sarah discloses that all of
them have perfect health; they hear voices when they are sleeping; and
they are addicted in the stimulant Tributal. Her further investigation
discloses a dark secret about the haunting voices.
"Messengers" is a weird and original movie, with an intriguing plot awfully resolved. Michele Hicks has a good performance in the role of a skeptical and logical doctor trying to disclose the mystery of the locals that never get sick or die and hear scary voices. Unfortunately the disappointing resolution is not convincing and spoils a promising sci-fi movie. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Mensageiros do Mal" ("Messengers of Evil")
This film really deserves to be seen. I saw it at a festival in Oregon but never heard a word about it anywhere else. It's beautifully shot, has great cast, strong direction and an awesome score. I like films that play with genre but don't fall into any one and this film did just that. Maybe that's why nobody knew what to do with it. But the movie has a real unique mood and sensibility. It's funny but creepy , cheeky and totally deadpan. Yeah, it's a little slow at times and could have had a bit more action. Still, so m any low-budget films are cheesy and shlocky but this one is actually really well-directed and features some of the best acting in its class. I watch at least 5 films a week and this one definitely stood out in a good way.
I think the whole point of this film is to play with truth and fiction. It's full of 'winks' to the audience and that's what makes it great. The entire opening scene is pure comedy. The only reason to be angry is if you didn't get that from the beginning but if you see the characters and what they do, it should be obvious. You're not in normal sci-fi territory here and of course, if that is what you need then you will be disappointed. However, this film is designed to mess with that expectation and replace it with something more human and poignant. This film isn't supposed to be about alien existence, it is about human communication (hence- 'Messengers'). At that, it's unlike anything I've seen.
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excellent horror film that relies on atmosphere, acting and story to invoke chills down the spine, messengers doesn't fit exactly in any category - it is a horror movie as much as it is a drama about father/daughter and as much as it is a study about human loneliness and man's longness to reach out for something more that fulfills his needs for love. it's the typical case of an outstanding movie that few people will have the chance to discover, such as jim sheridan's In America. starring michele hicks as a Manhattan's doctor who suddenly has to go back to her birth town because her father has just passed away. as she finds her way home, she begins to suspect that something wrong is happening with the town's inhabitants - and it is, but director Philip Farrah is smart enough not to show explicitly, but only to suggest a plot involving loneliness and aliens slowly reaching out for the simple minded people of the idyllic town. two thumbs up for acting - michele hicks, a jennifer-connelly-look-a-like, holds her own against terrific actors such as ronald guttman. the score is top notch and offers the right atmosphere, that of mystery and chilling discovery, for the film. the sense of dread and imminent disaster and its cold approach of science reminds us of David cronenberg's best moments, and director Philip Farrah proves that he is the next cronenberg. in the sum of its parts, this is a little hidden gem and a work of love for everyone involved, and you should try to watch it. messengers was released in brazil with the title "mensageiros do mal".
I can't believe this movie is taken seriously. It's impossible. OK,
there are two or three good performances, but... My God! The screenplay
is ridiculous and you can clearly see it in the first ten minutes.
After these ten minutes things get even worse. The direction is
completely lost and inconsistent. The movie keeps disappointing the
spectator every time something close to interesting happens in a way
that frustrates anyone. The two last scenes - oh, boy! - are surreal
and made me laugh out loud.
The only thing I can think about to understand why this movie was produced and released is to take it as a big joke.
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