The Invisible Guardian (2017)
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The main mystery and the central character have been treated excellently. There are however, a few loose ends and I felt the "monster/ guardian" subplot could have been skipped (or it's something which is part of cultural folklore which I didn't really understand). Overall ,an excellent mystery suspense movie with great atmosphere .
However, I was very gripped by this bleak, atmospheric story of a young FBI trained detective's search for a serial killer in her home town. I agree that some of the characters were much too black and white. Evil sister, evil mother, etc, who seemed to have no good side to them at all, although I loved the quote by Evil Sister at the end when she killed the serial killer, thus saving Our Heroine's life and said "if I waited for you to catch him, the countryside would be littered with dead girls." That was classic!
I was extremely moved and disturbed by the horrific tragic and sad events in our heroine's childhood that have scarred her. They lingered in my brain far far longer than the actual serial killings and the investigation into them. How anyone can go through that and come out remotely functional at the other end is a miracle. The little actress who played the detective as a child was absolutely wonderful. Worth watching.
I would have to say that I was more intrigued by Amaia's past than the actual case itself. And many things disturbed my mind, but sadly was never answered by the end of the movie. Firstly, I wanted to know what was the reason her mother hated her so much, calling her a "bitch" and saying that she wanted to eat her. Secondly, (maybe I missed it) what happened to her father? I never saw or heard of him in the present tense of the film. Thirdly, did her eldest sister Flora hate her so much because she never knew what her mother did to her as a child and think that Amaia simply abandoned her family as she often says in the movie? And since all this were never answered in the film, it makes me wonder still...
I much recommend this movie to any.
There are many other questions unresolved too. The scene where her Aunt does the Tarot card reading ends with a card that seems to indicate the Devil is after Amaia, but that is never pursued anywhere in the movie. In fact, other than the point that the killer is "very close" the whole scene seems a bit out of place. So what was that all about? Also, why was her mother so crule to her and not her other sisters? Did her sisters not know about it? What happened to her Father? And why did the fact that Victor visited her mother regularly and brought her flowers trigger her realization that Victor was the killer?
Despite all that, we still enjoyed the movie and we hope at least a few of these questions will be answered in the next two movies. Of course, we could always read the books too and that may clear some of it up. All in all, this is definately worth watching!
I love crime thrillers so much that I'm generally really forgiving when it comes to characters and story lines but this one was just too cliché even for me, especially considering the abundance of really good murder-centered TV series out there these days. Either the murder itself has to be unique or the main characters need to be interesting or emotionally engaging...unfortunately, neither is true in this case.
One solid point, however, goes to the atmosphere. Dark, spooky, always raining. Small town, with a nearby forest. Wonderful Gothic overtones. I rarely get see Spain depicted like this in films.
And finally, a side note. This also reminded me a bit of The Bone Collector, where the main protagonist is a female detective trying to smoke out a serial killer and is guided by a black mentor who just injects little kernels of crucial info that helps her break open the case. The entire movie plays out like a color by numbers book. :(
The overall plot was interesting. Would have been more believable if these issues were addressed.
Photography is top - notch. Hence two stars.
The town is in a mountain valley where local myths and superstitions live on, including that of Basajaun (Lord of the Forest) a Basque Big Foot. Some think Basajaun is responsible for the murders others see him as a protector. In Spanish, English and Basque, subtitled. On Netflix. 7/10
The suspense was there, and at the end it really got me. But first things first. The acting was really well done, the cinematography was really nicely done and most of the script I really enjoyed. However, there were a few things that I didn't really like, well, I didn't understand; - Why was her mother such a b**** to her, but not the other sisters? -Did Flora and Ros not know what their mother did to Amaia? -Did her father just sweep it under the rug and pretend everything was fine? - How did Flora know where to find Victor and Amaia? - After, I suspect, a good number of years as a cop, how come when she really needed to, it was like she had no clue how to defend herself? I would have thought she could at least have tried to disarm and knock him out before getting to the girl and rescue her. If it hadn't been for Flora's miraculous timing, they'd both be dead. - Are we sure Flora had nothing to do with it?
I have even more questions, but I'll leave it here. I still think it was a good movie and I would probably recommend it to others who want to see a good suspense movie. But I would say that the ending is a bit vague and leaves you with a tonne of questions.
I liked this. I thought it was filmed well with great settings and a dark atmosphere. I didn't have any complaints about the acting and felt that, for the most part, the actors did a great job bringing out each character's personality and perspective. I liked having a bit of mythology thrown into the mix to keep things interesting.
My only complaints would be that the pace seemed to drag at times and there were bits of the story that could've used a little more attention. I did enjoy it though and wouldn't mind suggesting it to a friend.
We continued to see and hear the high praises of this female detective by her superiors, yet what we saw here was a sentimentally wounded female, constantly flashed back when, where and how she grew up. A woman got an American artist boy friend. A woman difficult to get pregnant but longing for a child. There's nothing to show how great her detecting ability was. Choosing the wintry raining city and countryside scenes were only good for cinematographic purpose but not good and welcomed by these poor actors who usually soaked to their bones and so dangerously getting pneumonia.
This is a very pretentious and amateurish murder mystery film that would wasted your lifetime on earth minus 2 hours 8 minutes 50 seconds and would bore you to an earlier death.