Movie Review – The Forest (2016)

The Forest, 2016.

Directed by Jason Zada.

Starring Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt and Yuho Yamashita.

Synopsis:

A woman heads into Japan’s notorious Suicide Forest to find her missing twin sister, only to find herself confronted by supernatural terror.

The first real horror film of the year is something of a mixed bag. On the one hand, Jason Zada’s debut feature can be seen as an effective chiller with dashes of Blair Witch; on the other, it’s an unsubtle and lazily constructed jump thriller that keeps trying to be something it’s not. Or keeps trying not to be something it is. I’m not sure which.

Natalie Dormer isn’t really commanding enough in the lead role; her turn as Queen Margaery in Game Of Thrones has always been solid but rarely noteworthy, and it’s a similar situation here. There’s nothing ostensibly wrong with the performance,
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