This Day in Horror

14 August 2016

The Forest 2016 - REVIEW

Here is something that has always caught my attention, mainly for the mysterious nature, the Japanese Suicide Forest.  Now The Forest is not a documentary by any means or is the movie a basis of a true story but this forest does really exist.  Each year people in Japan go here to commit suicide.  They have to drag people out by the tons.  Got me thinking if this movie is as creepy as the real thing then this should be a smash hit.

Sara (Natalie Dormer) receives a call that her identical twin sister Jess, who lives in Japan, has gone missing in the Aokigahara Forest.  A place where people go to commit suicide or are contemplating it.  Sara immediately flies to Japan in search for her sister.  She knows her sister is still alive but is lost in the forest.  She gets 2 men to guide her in the forest to look.  Once they find Jess's tent Sara refuses to leave without her sister.  A decision she would come to regret!

 I heard alot of bad reviews for this film going in and saw it had a 4.8 IMDB score.  I still had to see for myself.  To my surprise I really didn't think it was too bad, well most of the movie anyway.  It lays groundwork for a pretty good story but somewhere along the line it comes apart.  I just think there could have been alot more they could have done with this suicide forest story.  This is a supernatural Thriller that has moments of suspense but as a whole movie falls a little short.  Specially the ending which I thought ended a little abrubptly.  The climax of the movie was very rushed and kind of left you thinking "Is that it?"

Natalie Dormer who played both Sara and Jess I thought was pretty good.  Many of you might recognize her from Game of Thrones.  THe supporting role of the character Aiden played by Taylor Kinney was pretty solid too.  I thought they both brought alot to the roles but in the end it just wasn't enough to knock this one out of the park.  I give The Forest 5 out of 10 stars.  Definitely worth the watch to find out for yourself but I would not pay more than 10 bucks for it.  Stay twisted everyone!




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