The Others


(out of 5)

Terrific thriller directed by Alejandro Amenabar and produced by Tom Cruise, who took on the project after he bought the rights to Amenabar’s Open Your Eyes and remade it as Vanilla Sky.   gives a brilliantly subtle performance as a woman waiting for her husband to come home from the Second World War in a large, gloomy manor on the British island of Jersey. Her two children, who are both allergic to natural light to a near-lethal degree, insist they’re hearing things go bump in the night during their long hours of playing by candlelight. Nonsense, says their mother, and off you go before you give me another migraine. Soon come three new servants who may have more than their share of answers as to what’s really going on in the spooky old house. Audiences will definitely compare the “I See Dead People” thematics of this film to The Sixth Sense, and there are many similarities to compare, but this film takes more of its inspiration from British gothic horror movies of yesteryear (most notably Jack Clayton’s 1961 The Innocents, adapted from Henry James’ novel The Turn of The Screw).  matches Kidman’s brilliant performance with a real presence as the new housekeeper of the manor, and the two youngsters playing Kidman’s children are unbelievably charismatic. Make no mistake, even for those smart enough to guess the outcome before it happens, this is one very scary and marvelously enjoyable movie. Watch it more than once, it magically gets scarier with every viewing!

Cruise/Wagner Productions, Sogecine, Las Producciones del Escorpión, Dimension Films

USA/Spain/France/Italy, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by Alejandro Amenabar

Cinematography by 

Produced by , ,

Music by Alejandro Amenabar

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Golden Globe Awards 2001


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