(spoiler-free movie review)
The Mothman Prophecies succeeds at creating tension through it’s excellent use of editing and cinematography. It does not rely on jump scares or a creature to create fear. Instead, the fear comes from the implied danger. Interesting camera-work and strong performances by the cast(Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Debra Messing, Will Patton) only heighten this feeling and make for an unsettling viewing experience.
From the opening shots, to the closing credits, it’s clear that director Mark Pellington is a very skilled visual storyteller. This movie is beautifully crafted and the editing work by Brian Berdan compliments the tone of the movie perfectly.
Towards the second half of the film the pacing became inconsistent and a few scenes were repetitive. How many times is that dang phone going to ring!?
Minor flaws aside, this is an excellent supernatural thriller with wonderful acting and some genuinely scary moments.
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
- Media Format: Streaming (Amazon Prime)
- Setup: Vizio 70″ 4K V-Series(V705-H) Television, JBL 9.1 Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Subwoofer, Sony UPB-X700 UHD Blu-ray Player
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