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After a baby monitor picks up another channel, Anna begins reliving the nightmare she'd recently escaped.

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Anna
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Helge
Vetle Qvenild Werring ...
Anders
Stig R. Amdam ...
Ole
Maria Bock ...
Grete
Torkil Høeg ...
Nabogutten (as Torkil Johannes Swensen Høeg)
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Mannlig doktor
Tom Hugo Nielsen ...
Skoleinspektør
Mona Engh ...
Sekretær
Eva Zeidler ...
Helges mor
Kaia Varjord ...
Politikvinne
Camilla Augusta Hallan ...
Kvinnelig doktor
Haakon Gjerløw ...
Butikkansatt 1
Frank Jørstad ...
Butikkansatt 2
Bjørn Moan ...
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After escaping an abusive husband Anna and her 8 year old son move to a secret location in a giant apartment building. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son's room at all times. But strange noises echo in the baby monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered she fears it is her own. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped Anna will need to figure out what's real and what isn't before she loses her sanity and her child. Written by Elizabeth Obermeier, Marketing Manager

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7 October 2011 (Norway)  »

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A mediocre drama/thriller
15 November 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This one was, at least in Norway, marketed as a horror film. Seeing the trailer a long time ago, at least I got the impression of that. It looked thrilling and frightening, capturing the feeling of paranoia. But this is not by far a horror film. There are no frightening moments in it at all. But it could still be a good thriller, right? Well, not great, but not directly bad either. It's as mediocre as it could get. It had a lot of opportunities to escalate, but it never really did, at least not the way I wanted it to.

A huge problem I have with Norwegian movies is the acting. There is lot of over-acting. There is some of that in this one too. Kristoffer Joner is great, as he usually is. Noomi Rapace however, I think over-acted a little bit. At times, she was kind of...too dramatic. This goes for many of the other actors too. They are not that believable. But it's not that big a deal. If a movie is good, I can look past that.

Some times the movie felt more like a drama. Many times that mix can result in something great, but they didn't really pull it off here. I felt it slowed down the movie. It became plain boring at times.

One thing that struck my mind was how this movie reminded me of the Spanish horror/thriller "The Baby's room". I'm not accusing the creators of ripping it off, but I couldn't help seeing some similarities between the two. It wouldn't surprise me if it was a little inspired by it, but of course, it's two whole different plots. It was just some similar elements between the two.

Don't let me keep you from watching it. Norwegian movies are often better received outside the country than here in Norway. That's weird, but anyway, you might like it.


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