Set design and art direction were very well done but should
have done a little more to push the surreal feeling they were
trying for. The special effects were very fine if not a little
understated. They are well done in a way that isn't typical of
Hollywood these days, adding atmosphere more than punch. The music in the film is outstanding. Normally I
only notice when the music distracts from a film but in the case
of The Others I found the story told by the music almost
more compelling than the one I was watching.
Perhaps my single biggest disappointment with this film was
its predictability. For a movie that has been billed as a
psychological thriller, its plot twists should have left you
guessing for a little longer than the first 30 minutes. The
outcome was almost a forgone conclusion early on and just left you
waiting to see the end. Much like director Alejandro Amenabar's
other work, the focus was on style over substance.
All and all, The Others is a good film to sit back and
enjoy with popcorn. Unlike many films in this genre, the body
count is non-existent, there are few good shocks, and yet it still
remains entertaining. However, don't expect to be challenged or
you won't be sorry renting The Others.
The Others is available on VHS and DVD starting May
The DVD special features include:
- Two disc set
- Theatrical Trailer
- A look inside The Others documentary
- Visual Effects clips
- Xeroderma Pigmentosum documentary
- Still Gallery
- Spanish subtitles
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