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The Changeover (2017)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller | 22 February 2019 (USA)
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Laura is drawn into a supernatural battle with an ancient spirit who threatens her family.

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Margaret Mahy (novel), Stuart McKenzie (adaptation)
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Credited cast:
Timothy Spall ... Carmody Braque / David
Melanie Lynskey ... Kate Chant
Lucy Lawless ... Miryam Carlisle
Nicholas Galitzine ... Sorensen Carlisle
Erana James ... Laura Chant
Kate Harcourt ... Winter Carlisle
Benji Purchase Benji Purchase ... Jacko Chant
Ella Edward Ella Edward ... Nicky Green
Thomasin McKenzie ... Rose Keaton
Claire Van Beek ... Police Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jess Aspinwall Jess Aspinwall ... Bryanna Tait
Aryn Azlan Aryn Azlan ... Kirsty Lee
Drew Briceford Drew Briceford ... Eddy
Stephanie Broomhall Stephanie Broomhall ... Young Mother
Amy Christian Amy Christian ... Tracey
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Based on the Carnegie Medal winning novel by Margeret Mahy. Sixteen year-old Laura Chant lives with her mother and four-year-old brother Jacko in a poor new suburb on the edge of a partially demolished Christchurch, New Zealand. Laura is drawn into a supernatural battle with an ancient spirit who attacks Jacko and slowly drains the life out of him as the spirit becomes ever younger. Laura discovers her true identity and the supernatural ability within her, and must harness it to save her brother's life.

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If You Change Something It Changes You


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The Changeover: Kiwi teen sci-fi type stuff
21 April 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Young adult book adaptations into sickly movies have been a thing for a while now, from Twilight to the Host to Divergent to Hunger Games and beyond. Here we see New Zealand have a go at it, and it's the same as the US tends to deliver.

Telling the story of a girl who must face an evil force in order to save her little brother this is a witchy themed thing, and the above description of sickly most definitely applies.

Starring Timothy Spall and Lucy Lawless I'm being a tad generous here, it's a really quite bad film.

You see it's your usual teen angst vs less than normal love interest vs nonsensical convoluted plot hole ridden concept. To make matters worse the two leads are awful! Nicholas Galitzine is your stoic dull mysterious brooding "Hunk" and Erana James is the Kiwi Kristen Stewart and has the acting ability of a brick. The two of them pick one facial expression at the start and continue it for the full duration of the movie.

If you like your schmaltzy teen angst nonsense then you might enjoy this, otherwise steer clear.

The Good:

Spall is oddly on form

Decent soundtrack

The Bad:

So much teen angst!

The two leads have the emotional range of a fart


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