Asian cinema and entertainment has become a seemingly endless treasure trove of stories for American filmmakers. Whether it’s Godzilla, The Ring, The Grudge, or Speed Racer, for some reason we as Americans seem more comfortable watching lame remakes than the original films.
Maybe it’s the subtitles. Who knows?
Enter The Uninvited. A remake of the Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), The Uninvited fails to deliver any surprises, huge revelations, twists, or even one solid scare. This is not surprising considering that we’ve seen all these supernatural thriller elements before in films like The Sixth Sense and What Lies Beneath.
Still, the cast does their best with the fodder they have to deal with. Emily Browning (Darkness Falls) plays the lead as a distraught young woman who works on dealing with the death of her mother, but soon discovers that there’s more to the sgtory that she’d rather not remember.
Elizabeth Banks (W., Zack and Miri Make a Porno) does a decent job playing the evil step-mother to be.
And Arielle Kebbel (John Tucker Must Die) is a hottie who spend much of the film showing off her sexy midriff. There are male cast members, but no big names.
Special features include:
Unlocking The Uninvited
A behind-the-scenes featurette that takes an in-depth look at what it takes to make a mediocre remake of a Korean film. We also meet the directors, The Guard Brothers (the Wachowski Brothers they are not).
Would they have made the movie better? Meh.
If you’re expecting some big flashy twist ending that they decided against, think again. This paltry tidbit wasn’t worth the disc space.
I wish I had been The Uninvited when it came to reviewing this DVD. And given the option, I would have definitely RSVPed a big no thanks!