LA Film Festival 2011 Movie Review: ENTRANCE
I love horror movies. I watch them all the time, will watch ANYTHING that I can get my hot little hands on, and even relish those that are low budget or indie films. I was given the opportunity to watch ENTRANCE which is currently being screened at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival (for which you can follow our full coverage here).
The description of Entrance made me really interested; I thought I was in for a great thriller. What it ended up being was a sort of drama, sort of coming of age film, with about 10 minutes of actual “horror” thrown in.
Entrance has one main character – Suzy – who lives in Los Angeles. From what I could gather, she’d moved there from Michigan. After a while, her life becomes monotonous. She falls out of love with Los Angeles and makes the decision to move back to Michigan. She makes this decision and has the plans in motion in about two days, her roommate and job be damned. However, in her defense, she does offer to pay her rent for the following month.
The scenes are monotonous, which I understand was to show Suzy’s routine, but after a while I found myself wanting to scream at the screen “I GET IT!!! She gets up, feeds her dog, does her makeup, and goes to work!”
The lack of thrills in Entrance led me to near boredom. Suzy has a pet dog that goes missing, and as an audience member, we know that someone is watching her sleep and taking pictures while she’s snoozing. THAT is creepy. But the picture taking was the extent of the creepiness up until the last scene.
During her going away party is when the action really starts. All of Suzy’s friends are gathered to bid her adieu, and well. it ends up turning into a very, VERY bad party. The last 10 minutes were where the horror aspect comes in, however I felt that the creators tried way too hard to make something that felt like The Strangers. which you can’t do in 10 minutes.
Overall, Entrance was dull. I would not classify it as a horror or thriller and the description: “Entrance is about the limits of our perception, how the things lurking on the periphery of our lives can lead to horrific conclusions; about how she fell out of love with the city, but it wouldn’t let her go.” makes the film seem to be MUCH more than it actually was.
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