Weekly Review: House At The End Of The Street
Posted by Kevin Ho on Sep 26, 2012 - 6:27:33 PM
HOLLYWOOD—Walking out of the
theater, I felt entertained and thrilled. It's a generic title with a generic
trailer, but the film itself delivers psychological issues that didn't sit well
with me. It's not quite a classic, though the film is still enjoyable.
The film explores several story beats that eventually work in the end. Director
Mark Tonderai plays with camera angles that drive the story. I often feel that
camera angles and effects are executed just for the sake of having a variety of
camera techniques. Mark Tonderai supplies camera angles that drive the
dialogue, provide insight on thoughts, and even dramatic irony for the
the most part, the performances in the picture are believable. Although the
cast centers around a group of teens, the film is a little more mature than a
typical teen movie. Jennifer Lawrence can definitely add this title to her
rising stardom. There were points when Max Thierlot made things seem awkward
between his character and Jennifer Lawrence’s character, but that was part of
appreciated the little bits of details and symbolism thrown in. They added some
depth to the characters that helped make the film rate a little higher than
average for me. My favorite scene was the opening sequence. It was unsettling,
but I loved how it was framed and laid out.
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I liked that
the same distorted camera treatment was used in the opening sequence as well as
in a POV (point of view) shot later on in the movie. It helped define the
Carrie Anne character, which was primarily played by Eva Link, then Jordan
Hayes. I don’t think Jordan Hayes, the Penn State Carrie Anne, was given a POV
shot. This camera treatment helped define her brain defects for me at that time
of the story telling regarding Carrie Anne.
I didn’t like how Ryan
started to handle things in the third act. However, it may not be his
character, but the way the story was told. It just seemed like his work was
sloppy. It was getting more intense as he had to deal with the situation at
hand, but I feel like the mistakes he made could’ve been avoided.
Maybe I took
him to be more intelligent than expected at the time. His character flaw might
be that he’s not as cautious as I would hope. There was a lot of dramatic irony
for me to want him to do better or think better, but the pressure and his
downfall might have driven his sloppy actions.
It was suspenseful, yet a little
underwhelming at the same time. In the end, I enjoyed the exposition and was
entertained. A lot was set up early on for things you could expect later, such
as the officer’s flash light not working. Again, it added to the dramatic irony