They (2002)

This film has it’s good and bad sides. There’s a lot of potential and beautiful scenes in this movie. I don’t know how they managed to find that country scene with mists, the moon, a country road and everything just perfect!

It also succeeds in scaring the viewer quite a few times with startling attacks and creepy camera work. I would even have liked to see more of this, but true, it might become repetitive, and we know how how we hate repetitive stuff in the world of the short attention span! Also sound is used to scare, like the telephone ringing in the ‘Exorcist’, at a tense moment.

It also slightly over uses the “monster coming to get the camera” scene, where a scary monster comes at the camera (/viewer). These are good methods of scaring people.

There are some terrible logic errors and they do spoil the film for ‘thinking’ people. If it was a real scenario her boyfriend, for example, wouldn’t let her out of his sight! Much of the plot relies on the people isolating themselves from others for anything to take place. The strange thing is, even though they know they are in danger, they still go off on their own, where no one is there to help them. Whenever there are people present, nothing happens.

This flaw ruined the film a bit for me. I kept thinking “why is she doing THAT”, when nothing would happen if she did THIS. Very frustrating… but I guess they were out to make a movie about people being attacked when they were alone, and this is what they ended up with. (The British “Lenny Henry Show” did a great parody of this kind of movie, with the actors always saying: “We’ve got to split up, it’s more likely we get chopped up that way!” and “oh-oh, the music’s changed, that must mean – here comes the bad guy!”)

Also, without spoiling anything, there are some places where people just seem to willingly ignore the facts. Like when a window is broken -inwards-, into a closed chamber. No one even noticed that, and one is left asking – and then what? Just another missing person from a locked room? How many of these can there be? Where are the paranormal investigators when you need them? Where are the university geeks want to become the “ghost busters”? They investigated stuff like this in “The Entity” and that was supposed to be based on a true story.

Coming back to the positive side, I can imagine the actress playing the main part was chosen because she bears a striking resemblance to a young Mia Farrow in “Rosemary’s Baby”. Those types are always believable when scared to death. One seems to identify with a skinny (almost anorexic (was that possibly the comment they were making with her vomiting in the railways station?) sweet young thing. Her boyfriend is far too conservative for his own good. Letting her sleep alone in a double bed! What kind of gentleman is that, in this day and age! Just think: If her impotent shrink had been played by Bruce Willis he’d have followed up on her story and we’d have seen some aliens splattered all over the subway! – Now that’d been juicy! Sorry wrong film. That’s “Mimic”.