Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Entity review

The Entity like all “true life” supernatural adaptations runs a gamut of possible fowl ups from detouring from the recorded accounts to leaning too hard on exploitation for sheer entertainments sake.

The movie’s story by Frank De Felitta from his novel of the same title. So how accurately the film portrays the infamous sexual assaults committed by a ghost relies on Felitta as a biographer. The films direction (Sidney J. Furie, better known for Iron Eagle and Superman IV) is by and large straight faced about the subject matter. Efforts to show the filmmakers commitment to the material come in the raw cruelty of the “attacks” and the one-on-one’s between victim Barbara Hershey and psychologist Ron Silver. The “attacks” are violently choreographed indicating that we are to assume nothing less than the entity is a reality. Funny then that so much time is spent generating evidence of this all being a mental breakdown. We learn of Hershey’s character’s abusive past and early pregnancies, and more, all convincingly professed by Silver. Where we are meant to stand with this paranormal account is up in the air.

This all makes for a unique ghost story at least, but the above mentioned latter fowling is present in the film’s most graphic scenes. Stan Winston provides the FX including (and likely never one of his more respected accomplishments) the illusion of invisible hands groping Hershey’s breasts. I would say the effect is dated, but then I’d have to compare it to something! These scenes are admittedly handled about as well as they possibly could, but a little more restraint would have allowed the viewer to conjure up more chilling images rather than snickers.

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