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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Don't Look Now (1973)

Some movies hit you over the head with scare tactics and blood splatter galore.  This is not one of those films.  Don’t Look Now is a brooding supernatural thriller that makes the viewer feel slightly unsettled at every turn.  If you like lots of action, you’re doing to hate it.  If you like films that take their time developing characters and always have a little something unexpected up their sleeve, Don’t Look Now is definitely for you.

While I found the film to be a bit long for my taste, I was impressed with how it trapped you in a strange world and never let you go until the final credits rolled.  Don’t Look Now was filmed in Venice which is a city I adore.  But this Venice is both beautiful and menacing.  Something always feels a bit “off.”  You can’t put your finger on it, but you know it’s there!

Don’t Look Now is the story of John & Laura Baxter who lose their daughter in a drowning accident in the USA.  Then they head to Venice to escape this tragedy but it keeps following them around everywhere!  Donald Sutherland [Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Hunger Games] gives a great performance as John and brings lots of depth and complexity to the character.  Julie Christie [Fahrenheit 451, Doctor Zhivago] matches him at every turn.  They are quite good together.

I won’t give away any details because this one needs to be seen with no preconceived notions of what is going on.  Don’t Look Now is one of those films that is hardly ever mentioned when horror films are discussed, but it deserves a bigger audience.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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