Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2000. Prufrock Pictures. Story by Pierce Gardner, Betsy Stahl, Screenplay by Pierce Gardner. Cinematography by Mauro Fiore. Produced by Meg Ryan, Nina R. Sadowsky. Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Production Design by Garreth Stover. Costume Design by Jill M. Ohanneson. Film Editing by Anne Goursaud.
Typical humdrum spiritual thriller that is a small cut above the embarrassing Bless The Child on the scarefest front but not anywhere near the level of Agnieszka Holland’s The Third Miracle when it comes to its examination of faith and redemption. Winona Ryder is given a one-note role that she tries to expand but can do very little with, as a young woman with a troubled past who is on the lookout for the man who has been chosen by the devil to assume a reign of evil on earth. First-time director Janusz Kaminski (Academy Award-winning cinematographer of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan) shows great promise in his debut when it comes to flashy editing, gorgeously atmospheric cinematography and spooky art direction. His artistic endeavours soon overpower the production and it becomes apparent that they are his method of trying to cover up an aimless plot that wanders around in search of a new obstacle. Still, the many well-produced elements will keep you in your seat to see if the film fulfils its promise; it doesn’t, and I must mention that the ending is so weak it will leave you angry.