The Forest Review (2016)

The Forest ReviewSynopsis: A woman goes into Japan’s Suicide Forest to find her twin sister, and confronts supernatural terror. – IMDB

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The Forest Review


Natalie Dormer is best known for her roles on The Tudors, Elementary, and Game of Thrones. As I haven’t seen a single episode of any of these, I scoured through her acting credits to see if there was anything I had seen her in. Turns out she was in Captain America: The First Avenger, but, alas, I can’t remember her. At all. Nor did I recognize any of the other actors in the movie. In fact, the only thing I was familiar with was the forest itself, having previously tried to read a book based in it, and failing miserably.

The Forest moves slowly. There’s a few token jump scares, but it feels like you spend half the movie just waiting for things to pick up. Not that it’s necessarily a hardship, as Dormer is a good actress. Her facial expressions alone at times sell the scene. It moves almost seamlessly from straightforward drama to a state where you’re never quite sure if what’s going on is actually happening or not. The surrealism continues until the end of the movie, and to tell the truth, I’m still not sure about one of the things that happened near the end.

Overall, The Forest wasn’t a bad movie to watch by any means. I will say I don’t think a lot of the jump scares they threw in were necessary, especially at the beginning and the one at the end. It was almost like they thought they needed them in order to classify it as a horror movie, where it’s really just better suited as a thriller. It’s more believable as a thriller than it is as a horror, in any case.

I’d recommend it, but not if you’re going to pay more than 2.99 to rent it. It’s not quite that good. Click here to rent or buy The Forest now on Amazon.

4 Star Rated The Forest Review

Title: The Forest | Director: Jason Zada | Actors:  Natalie Dormer, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt | Production Co.: AI-Film, Lava Bear Films  | Release Date: 2016-1-8 | Genres: Thriller & Horror | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Rating: 4 out of 5 

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5 Responses to The Forest Review (2016)

  1. I remember seeing the trailers when it first came out and thinking that I can’t handle horror movies all too well, but maybe I’d be all right after all! I do like Natalie Dormer, and if it’s more a thriller than a horror then that suits me just fine ^^ I’m sure a lot of people were disappointed though if they expected to be scared out of their wits.

  2. My husband and I watched it last week and while he hated it, I thought it was OK. I love Dormer in Game of Thrones so I think that helped my opinion some. I don’t think it was scary enough in some places. I do think it’s the first thing I have ever seen with Lady Gaga’s fiance in it though. I agree, it’s a decent rental but glad I didn’t shell out a lot of money at the theater. We also watched Krapus over the weekend and while it was cheesy in places, I liked it much better.

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