them – france / romania (2006)
I picked this little film up for the grand price of one english pound from Computer Exchange.
It takes a lot to make me jump, but jump I did during this film. It did help of course that i got into the spirit of it – turned all the lights out and watched it on my own. Although the bloke from British Gas did come around while I was watching, and the doorbell going frightened the life out of me!
The story is of a French couple living in Romania, in their dream home – a large, sprawling old house in the middle of nowhere. One night, they hear sounds outside, and then their car is stolen. Soon after this, they realise there is something/one actually in the house, and a night of panic and terror commences.
The suspense through the most part of the film is brilliant, which is why it was quite a relief that it is pretty short – just a 77minute running time I believe!
However, I was quite disappointed by the ending. In the same way as I was disappointed by the ending of the fantastic Rec. it felt like the last 5 minutes let the rest of the film down. I’m not exactly comparing it to Rec (which is a masterpiece throughout…apart from the last 5 minutes), but just the feeling of being let down by an ending that could have been SO much better!
It was a good watch though. I like jumping! And who can complain for £1??
My rating 7/10