31 Days of Reviews: Haunter

This is one of those movies where it feels like Netflix spoils the big plot twist during its little plot synopsis.

I still found this movie incredibly interesting.

Haunter centers around a teenager, played by Abigail Breslin, who finds herself and her family involved in a time loop, living the same day over and over. One day, this time loop starts to shift, causing minute differences and strange occurrences. She feels the need to discover the truth, but her actions have the potential to cause harm to herself and others.

The whole plot of Haunter is pretty compelling. I personally had never seen anything like it before. From the monotony of living every day the exact same way, to the surprise and horror that comes from things suddenly starting to be different. I was interested, and at times I was terrified.

It’s unfortunate that Netflix ruins any surprise the movie has with its description. I was constantly trying to forget what I had read in order to just let the movie lead me where it was headed.

I’m a big fan of Abigail Breslin. We’ve watched her grow up, and she’s just such a beautiful young woman. She’s so talented. She’s a pleasure for me to watch, and this movie is no exception.

The cinematography in Haunter is pretty great. The coloring is rich and warm, which is not really what you would be expecting from a movie with this subject matter. This all coincides with the editing which is pretty great too. There are a lot of panning shots that move into transitions between scenes, and it is just overall done very well. It keeps the story moving nicely, especially with the time loop which could have become extremely repetitive.

I did feel that the story started to drag slightly in the middle, around the half way mark. This occurs right about when our main character is starting to uncover information about the truth. It doesn’t last too long though as things start to get even more surreal.

The overall endgame isn’t super new or original, but they way they get to it certainly is in my book. It all wraps up with a Hollywood-esque ending, but overall, it was an enjoyable experience. I’m glad I took the time to watch it anyway, despite the spoiler in its description.

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