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The Disappointments Room (2016)

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A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

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D.J. Caruso
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kate Beckinsale ... Dana Barrow
Mel Raido ... David Barrow
Duncan Joiner ... Lucas Barrow
Lucas Till ... Ben
Michaela Conlin ... Jules
Michael Landes ... Teddy
Marcia DeRousse Marcia DeRousse ... Ms. Judith
Celia Weston ... Marti
Charles Carroll ... Old Man
Ella Jones Ella Jones ... Girl in the Yellow Dress
Gerald McRaney ... Judge Blacker
Jennifer Leigh Mann ... Mrs. Blacker
Joely Fisher ... Psychiatrist
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Storyline

The architect Dana, her husband David and their son Lucas move to an isolated manor in the countryside seeking a restart of their lives after the death of their baby daughter in a tragic accident. Dana overhears noises in the attic and finds a hidden locked room. Soon she finds the keys and is haunted by the evil spirit of an old man. She researches and learns that old rural houses had disappointments rooms where disabled children were locked to avoid embarrassment to the traditional families. Further, the spirits of the original owner of the house, Judge Blacker, and his daughter are still trapped in the house. However, only Dana is capable to see and contact them and David believes she is delusional. When Judge Blacker threatens the life of Lucas, Dana tries to protect him but she is not sure of what is reality or daydream. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Some mysteries should not be unlocked

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Rated R for violent content, bloody images, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,402,823, 11 September 2016

Gross USA:

$2,411,580
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lucas was watching "The Magic Garden". He must have been watching a DVD because: 1. "The Magic Garden" was broadcast in the NYC metropolitan area and the movie takes place in NC. 2. It was last on the air in 1984. See more »

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The house is supposed to be in North Carolina. The obituary refers to the MK&T (Missouri, Kansas, and Texas) Railroad and the Pecan Bridge, also located in Texas. See more »

Quotes

Dana Barrow: See, it's gone unchecked for a while.
Ben: Lucky it didn't cave. Lucky I stopped by when I did.
Dana Barrow: Well, and lucky for you people around here like to gossip.
Ben: That they do. Also heard you were an architect or something.
Dana Barrow: Yeah or something.
Ben: Well, maybe we should talk about money.
Dana Barrow: Well, that's a little premature.
Ben: Come again?
Dana Barrow: You haven't been hired yet.
Ben: No?
[...]
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The Wife
(From the film "Jane Eyre")
Written by Bernard Herrmann
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Doesn't Even Deliver the Bare Minimum
12 September 2016 | by bkrauser-81-311064See all my reviews

The Disappointments Room is a disappoi...

See what I did there? I delivered the exact line you expected only I half-a**ed it. That in a nutshell is The Disappointments Room; it sets itself up to deliver nothing but the bare minimum and then doesn't even deliver on that. I automatically assumed this film was less than a blip on the radar. A small budget, small minded, small expectation snoozefest comparable to this year's The Other Side of the Door (2016). So imagine my surprise when the credits revealed the movie was directed by D.J. Caruso, the same guy who made Disturbia (2007). What the heck man? What the actual heck?

The plot, for what it's worth, concerns itself with a small family of New Yorkers who have moved to the American South to renovate an old antebellum mansion. While touring the grounds Dana (Beckinsale) our intrepid architect, notices a part of the house that's not in the actual blueprints. She prods further, locating the key to the room and deciding what the hay; let's open it up. What she doesn't know is the room also hides secrets that may anger the mansion's ghostly inhabitants and test the limits of her sanity.

The film strains mightily to fit every basic haunted house cliché. They include but are not limited to: ghosts standing behind their victims, toys magically appearing, elaborate apparition flashback mode and pets prematurely meeting their demise. Those clichés are then complimented with the sloppiest of editing and laziest of jump scares providing a movie completely lacking atmosphere. What's worse is this faded out dollhouse of a movie comes complete with a boring assemblage of shallow traits and neuroses masquerading as characters, which are thrown about with little regard for perspective, personality or motivation.

The most laughable of these paltry characters is Kate Beckinsale as Dana, whose lip-quivering mother in emotional recovery rings egregiously false. She saunters through scenes looking perturbed and has her share of bad dreams which is to be expected. Yet when the film reveals possible psychosis and carelessly lumbers towards a splashy confrontation, it's clear Beckinsale is drowning in a cesspool of offensively bad schizophrenia tropes.

This movie was not fun to watch...no surprise there. But it's also no fun to review. There's nothing resembling the ponderous hubris of Warner Bros's DCEU or the desperate "love me, please" attitude of Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). There's no hilariously bad reasoning like in God's Not Dead 2 (2016) or drive-by bellicose like in 13 Hours (2016). The Disappointments Room is the movie equivalent of flat skunk beer. Any processes that were once teaming with life are now dead and baking in the sun, making your patio smell like cat p***.

Nothing happens in this film. There are no consequences to sift through, no conclusions to be drawn, no lessons to be learned. If the opposite of love isn't hate but indifference, than the fact that I left this movie feeling nothing should be a testament to just how bad this thing is.


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