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The Messengers (2007)

An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.

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Ben
Theodore Turner ...
Ben
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Plume
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Bobby
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Blaine Hart ...
Charlie
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Storyline

It's been six years since the Rollins family just up and left and now the troubled Solomon family has come from Chicago, to rebuild their lives following their sons hospitalization due to their daughter's drunk driving accident. But as they start to settle in something odd and strange begins to occur to their son. Could something supernatural be at work, and did the previous family just leave...or are they still here? Trapped in the only place they've ever known? And what did cause their deaths? Most of all...is this 'killer' still very much alive? Written by suspicous

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There is evidence to suggest that children are highly susceptible to paranormal phenomena. They see what adults cannot. They believe what adults deny. And they are trying to warn us.


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing violence and terror | See all certifications »

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2 February 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,713,321 (USA) (2 February 2007)

Gross:

$35,374,833 (USA) (16 March 2007)
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At the film premiere in Minot, North Dakota, when Bobby said "Welcome to North Dakota," the audience broke out in laughter. See more »

Goofs

When Ben is sitting at his table eating, the mom is washing dishes. In the first shot of her washing the plate the water is dark brown like coffee. Ben gets up and walks off and when it goes back to her washing dishes the water is clear. See more »

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Colby Price: Roy Solomon?
[Roy turns around and sees a pale-looking man in a black suit and tie standing behind him]
Colby Price: I'm Colby Price... Belton Savings.
Roy: Oh, hey. Good to meet you.
Colby Price: So you said your father grew sunflowers, too.
Roy: Yeah, over in Turek County.
Colby Price: I grew up not too far from here.
Roy: Right...
Colby Price: Look, I know you're all moved in, but an opportunity came up at the bank that I thought you might be interested in. This place sat gathering dust for years until you came along and bought it, and now, as it happens, ...
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The opening title sequence suddenly drains of color, to become monochrome (black and white). See more »

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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm
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Good fun ghost story
8 May 2008 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Well made ghost horror might not be the greatest movie ever made, but manages to entertain effectively.

Let us first of all say that this movie does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a ghost story and never pretends to be anything else. Anyone looking for a highbrow horror tale here can look elsewhere.

Getting back to the story though, and a family with a mysterious past move to a new home in the middle of the country, a home with a chequered history of its own, and it is not long before daughter Jess encounters the secrets of the house...

Husband Roy is desperate to make a go of this new life, by making a successful harvest with the fertile soil in the fields next to where they now live, and despite some troubles between mother and daughter it seems that they are going to try putting their problems behind them.

The house has other ideas though.

The Messengers makes no apology for what it is - an old-fashioned ghost story with a hint of horror and which benefits from a slightly shallow plot to aid with fast story telling and scares. Yeah, it's not exactly earth shatteringly terrifying but it does a better job of building tension than most of its peers.

Its special effects are reasonably decent, and never look too fake bar bar one single occasion in the cellar.

The acting too is acceptable and does the job - Kristen Stewart does her best with the material and produces what the role requires.

But the fun here is with the overall feel of the movie - it just works as long as you don't try to expect too much from it.

The only oddity is 'Cigarette Smoking Man' from X-Files William B Davis making an unnecessary and pointless appearance twice as a real estate broker - a side story which was totally inept and served no purpose and gave the actor all of 20 seconds of screen time.

That aside, good movie and worth seeing as long as you don't expect more than it is.


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