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Pod (2015)

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A family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house.

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Mickey Keating

Writer:

Mickey Keating
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lauren Ashley Carter ... Lyla
Dean Cates ... Ed
Brian Morvant ... Martin
Larry Fessenden ... Smith
John Weselcouch ... John Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrest McClain Forrest McClain ... The Pod
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A family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence/gruesome images, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The last name on Martin's jacket reads "Matheson." See more »

Goofs

At about 1 hr 10 minutes Ed is leaving the living room and walks by the phone base mounted on the wall. The headset, which Lyla had unsuccessfully tried to use earlier, in not there. About 2 minutes later when Smith walks into the living room, he passes the phone and the headset is in place on the phone base. See more »

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The opening credits last about seven seconds. See more »

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Features The Last Man on Earth (1964) See more »

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It's Time To Quit Crying
Written and Performed by Frank FaFara
Courtesy of Rocky Bell Music and Mighty Music
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Disappointing
7 February 2018 | by invaderxanSee all my reviews

The unfortunate thing about this movie is there are some genuinely good elements in it which were utterly wasted on a forgettable story.

The cinematography is great. Scenes are (mostly) well shot with some interesting artistic flair. The way the camera work is done for some sequences is distinct and memorable, and reminded me of Stanley Kubrick in places. The handheld camera style at tense moments uses the same trick as with found footage movies, making you feel closer to the action, and almost making you feel like a character yourself at times. It's just a pity that during the more tense action sequences, they resorted to clichés like shaky cam and inexplicably flashing lights.

The setting also has a lot of potential. A remote, isolated house by a lake, surrounded by snow, giving a real sense of isolation. Unfortunately, that feeling is completely squandered in favour of the house's dimly lit and claustrophobic interior. And then at the end when you realise that a neighbouring house is not actually very far away.

Unfortunately, all of this setup eventually gives way to a lacklustre story which seemingly makes up for a lack of substance by making nearly every scene far too drawn out. Everything goes on for just a little bit longer than it needs to and it makes the whole movie feel... tiresome.

To be honest, it felt like half the movie was a long shouting match between three dysfunctional siblings, full of ultimately inconsequential information. I found myself wondering at one point if the plot was ever going to progress beyond three people standing around yelling. It eventually did, but this whole thing amounted to very little beyond an overlong setup for the disappointingly brief section of actual horror. Which would have been more impactful if the scriptwriter had given us any reason to care about the characters.

The ending felt tacked on and contrived, thanks to a complete lack of foreshadowing or setup. Or maybe it was buried somewhere in the scene with all the shouting? It's hard to say.

Ultimately, this movie felt like a waste of time. And there wasn't even an actual pod anywhere to be seen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Maine, USA See more »

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