Dana (Kate Beckinsale) is married to her husband Mel and the two have a young son. The film begins with the family arriving at an old mansion they have just purchased. The goal is to clean it up and do some work on the new home as Dana is some type of architect. Of course, like most horror films, things turn much worse as Dana (Kate Beckinsale) discovers an attic which has a horrible dark secret and a mysterious past. Dana also begins to be attacked with many dark visions and nightmares.
I personally don’t mind a thriller/horror film. Like most people, I enjoy a horror movie that has Reason and Purpose. After a thriller I like to feel that I got something (even something minor) for watching the film and surviving the full duration of a scary film. After watching 1h 25min and seeing the final credits roll down my tv screen, I blinked… and blinked again. I couldn’t work out what had just happened… and what on earth I had just witnessed.
The Disappointments Room, sadly, is one horrible, roadkill of a film. The film’s plots make no sense, and has no Purpose or Reward as the finale is presented. Our characters in this are all weak and flat, and for the film’s runtime, they are a bunch of characters whose relationships don’t match up and are completely unbelievable. As far as pacing goes, many of the scenes are edited poorly and are the result of a film that feels like more a group of short movies. Every 5mins felt like a new short movie was starting and finishing and never continued on correctly. At no point does this film have a proper story that actually worked. I’ll throw some small credit at the filming side of things. Shots are all nice and steady but that’s about all I can say…
I found myself asking questions (as you do throughout a horror movie), hoping to get answers by the end of a film. Is that a ghost, is what I just saw supposed to be real to that character, how did that person die… Well, you can be curious all you want… because you will never know. This is also a rare horror movie that has a start and an ending that feels well… exactly the same no matter how you watch it, because this film is empty. If I was to explain what happens in this film with a group of friends during a dinner, it’s done and dusted within 2 mins max, not 1hr 25mins. As you can tell I’m disapp… actually; I mean ‘guttered’ by this film. Kate Beckinsale is an actress I will defend and say “I know she can act” and I’m sure there is more to know as to how this film was made, approved, and pushed into cinemas around the world. Plus, I thought Kate Beckinsale was a babe when I was younger (no judgement, I just had to find something positive to say somewhere in the review)
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Review Written by Peter Walkden