Starring: Kristen Stewart, Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, John
Corbett, Evan Turner, Theodore Turner

Director: Oxide and Danny Pang (the Pang Bros)

Synopsis: An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm
in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem
and murder.


This movie marks is the U.S. debut for 'The Eye' directors Danny and Oxide
Pang. As of lately I've honestly had no high hopes for U.S. debuts for Asian
directors, and so the disappointment shall continue. The Messengers tells the
story of the Soloman family, who have just recently moved from a major city
to small sunflower farm in another state. Jess, our heroine, begins noticing
strange things around the house. Noises and the house becoming completely
destroyed only to be just fine moments later. While her younger brother is
able to see the spirits, she tries to get his help into finding these spirits and
find out why they are haunting their new home.

I have heard a few people call this movie
"The grudge on a farm". I personally
didn't feel that way. I didn't feel that way about it at all. It reminded me more
of 'The Amityville Horror'. This movie didn't even look like it was directed by
the Pang Brothers. Well except maybe one scene when Jess and Ben are
ghost searching. There was a short scene that reminded me very much of
the elevator scene in 'The Eye'. But I blame the fact that throughout a lot of
the movies production things got switched around which led to re-shoots.
Take note that the Pang Bros were not around for the re-shoots.

If there was a movie made by this in Asia, it could have seriously pass as a
pathetic remake. I will give the screen writer credit to that it seemed to focus
more on the family living there and their past problems. Not everything relies
on cheap scares, just like that of the original Amityville. Don't get me wrong
there are a few laughable scares. I mean so laughable that I didn't even
jump. The ghosts are your now more stereotypical crawl across the ceiling,
dead-eyed, corpsy ghosts trying to grab you from your near escape. Then
you have the more recent creepy animals. No its not cats, this time we have
birds. There really is no explanation on why crows seem to be the apparent
theme in the movie, but they are more of an annoyance than a tool of fear in
this slop.

I was excited to hear of the Pang Bros making their American debut, but I
hope when time comes again for another film it will be something they wrote.
As I mentioned before this movie seemed too much like Amityville Horror and
several others. There's nothing here to give it originality. The Messengers is
just another attempt to get the masses to the theater and pay eight dollars
for trash. Definitely not worthy seeing in theaters and I wouldn't even
recommend this for fans of the Pang Bros. It doesn't look anything like their
previous movies. The whole time I felt this is not the Pang Brothers I have
known and loved. When it comes to the Messengers, you can just skip it.

Overall: 4/10
Genres: Drama, Horror,

Rated: PG-13

Country: USA

Year: 2007

Runtime: 84 minutes

Studio: Sony


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