A policeman intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.
After 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and collecting bottles on the street in his spare time and sending the bulk of his earnings home to his family in Mexico, Felipe ... See full summary »
Calvin is competing with five other actors for the lead in a major Hollywood movie. Stopping at nothing, he uses a demonic book of curses on the actors, each bringing to life a monster that kills in their own unique and terrifying way.
This is a fairly well-produced and well-crafted supernatural thriller with some nicely atmospheric passages, though it does take a while to get going and is over-reliant at times on routine jump scares (sudden soundtrack thumps, a figure speeding through the foreground, etc.).
The problem is, once it gets going, it loses focus. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but it took me a long time to figure out that the story was taking place in two separate time periods, something not helped by the fact that several characters were played by confusingly similar-looking actors. As a result, the dual storylines just seemed tangled rather than complementary. Nor is the "whistler" a particularly scary entity (esp. the tuneless upward notes it whistles over and over), even if it is based on a well-known regional folk tale.
This had some good elements in terms of atmosphere, acting and several quietly tense sequences, but it just seems poorly put together as a narrative, with occasionally clumsy blackout transitions between episodes and not much sense of an overall arc. At heart the movie simply wants to scare us, and it's counterproductive to that mission for it to so frequently make the viewer think "Huh? What's happening now? And wby?"
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