Tells the story of a young boy and his family who are terrorized by an unseen presence.Tells the story of a young boy and his family who are terrorized by an unseen presence.Tells the story of a young boy and his family who are terrorized by an unseen presence.
But as time goes by you start to get the uneasy feeling that the writer had no real sense of where they were taking the story. By the end of the first hour you're pretty certain that the film is going to continue turning in aimless circles and then just fizzle out... but by then you figure you've already invested an hour, you might as well see it through to the end just to see if you were right...
Half an hour later you look at the fizzled out remnants and say to yourself "yep, I was right".
It's easy to see what The Fields was aiming for - a slow burn, southern Gothic drama with horror undertones - and most of the components are solid. The direction and cinematography is nice, the acting (Reid excepted) is outstanding (even from the kid), and the score is fittingly creepy. However, as with all things the strength of the whole is dependent on the weakest link and in this case the weak link is the screenplay, and it pulls the rest of an otherwise good movie down into oblivion with its meandering trajectory.
- Jul 26, 2013