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The Whistler: Origins (2018)

El Silbón: Orígenes (original title)
A father wrestles with a curse and saving his daughter's soul from a phantasmagorical figure.

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Credited cast:
Daniela Bueno Daniela Bueno ... Adaisa
Yon Henao Calderón Yon Henao Calderón ... Martin
Eliane Chipia Eliane Chipia ... Victoria
Vladimir Garcia Vladimir Garcia ... Angel
Fernando Gaviria ... Baudilio
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ... Angel niño
Gabriela Torres Gabriela Torres ... Magalis
Ananda Troconis Ananda Troconis ... Mayra
Leonidas Urbina Leonidas Urbina ... Gabriel
Salvador Villegas Salvador Villegas ... Sacerdote Pedro
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A father wrestles with a curse and saving his daughter's soul from a phantasmagorical figure.

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Country:

Mexico | Venezuela | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

6 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Whistler See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Uh...OK, let's hope the sequels are more coherent
24 August 2019 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

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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