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IN A NUTSHELL:
This Sci-fi horror/thriller is Allice Waddington's directorial debut. The film debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival and quickly afterward, Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired the distribution rights. Unfortunately, it's not as good as it thinks it is.
TIPS FOR PARENTS:
Some crude language and 1 F-bomb.
THINGS I LIKED:
I'm a sucker for Milla Jovovich.
I've been seeing Emma Roberts all over the place lately. Good for her. She sings in the movie too. A-lister Julia Roberts must be one proud auntie.
The young cast includes Danielle MacDonald, Awkwafina, Jeremy Irvine, and Eliza Gonzalez.
Fun and creative costume design.
The fantastical set designs were intriguing.
THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:
The sound kind of drove me nuts.
Some of the acting wasn't very good. I've seen many of the actors do much better in other movies, so I was disappointed. It had everything to do with the poor script.
I feel terrible saying this, but I was bored.
Some of the scenes take place in dim moonlight, so it'll be hard to see what's going on if you watch this on a small device once the film goes to streaming or DVD.
It takes itself way too seriously.
Many things are totally random and just don't make any sense at all. If they're symbolic, then I totally missed it. Everything just seemed really dumb and self-indulgent to me.
You can read the rest of my review at Movie Review Mom.
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