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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Uninvited (**1/2)


Decent American remake of Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters, liberally incorporating elements of Hamlet, Fight Club, Girl, Interrupted, and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. Worked better than it probably should have because of ripe, appealing leads in Emily Browning and Arielle Kebbel, who share a convincing camraderie. Elizabeth Banks, working against comedic type, plays an effective heavy but David Strathairn is wasted as Browning and Kebbel's distant (disappearing when convenient to the plot) father. The shocking payoff reveals at the end twists what the audience is told to believe but don't seem to entirely add up upon closer inspection.