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Avg. Rating: 3.5
Demi Moore Shines in this Mystery/Thiller. 71 out of 100
I rented Half Light on a whim, almost choosing to pass on the movie because Demi Moore was on the cover. I couldn't remember a Demi Moore movie I had seen that triggered a "Demi Moore is a very good actress" memory. For some reason I rented the movie anyway. Maybe because it was a mystery thriller and I wanted a good story, but mostly because Demi plays Rachel Carlson, a successful writer. I love to write, and enjoy stories about writers.
In any case, Half Light was very good. The acting was very, very good, and Demi Moore was superb. After seeing her performance in Half Light, I know would go out of my way to rent whatever she appears in next. Demi plays a very believable role as an author who loses her child, and possibly her mind.
Outside of Demi's role, the other actors contributed exceptional performances as well. Hans Matheson had an amazing screen presence, commanding audience attention with his role as Angus McCulloch. Look for him in future movies. His performance was one of the best I have seen on screen in a while. The supporting cast, including James Cosmo as Finley and Therese Bradley as Morag were superb as well. Therese Bradley held her own on screen, and created a very spellbinding performance. There was just something unique about her look, and something intangible but good about her acting. I hope to see her more in the future as well.
Overall, I can't remember a recent movie duo that delivered commanding performances on par with Bradley and Matheson. Kudos to the casting. I believe that without the supporting cast, Demi's wonderful performance would have only been seen in a "Half Light." (sorry for the pun, but it seemed appropriate)
The one flaw I found with the movie was with the staging of the plot. Without giving away spoilers, when the light is shined on what truly is happening to Rachel Carlson, my mind stepped away from the movie for several minutes, saying wait a minute, how could this have been done...?...? For this reason alone I couldn't give the movie 5 stars. Everything else about Half Light is 5 stars.
If you are looking for a good mystery thriller that is heavy on mystery and has a dash of paranormal, you can't go wrong with Half Light. And if you were like me, afraid to rent a Demi Moore movie, please reconsider. Give GI Jane one more try.
Please note that the low rating for "must buy" is my personal preference. I don't tend to purchase mystery thrillers.
Total Score (out of 100) = 71
36 (out of 50). Enjoyment. A rating based on my overall enjoyment of the film.
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8 (out of 10). Must see. Is this movie worth seeing/renting?
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Hard to believe this movie is averaging 3.5 stars. The story was interesting but it is hard to watch a "plastic" forty something romancing this your man. I thought demi's acting in the scary scenes seemed wooden and not very interesting. She is another of the gaunt actresses looking like they have protein calorie malnutrition. This movie was definitely a replay TV skip mode movie. That is, when it starts to drag, just skip 30 seconds (about 10 times). I enjoyed the local color characters the most. They seemed real. Demi always seems to have a hard time actually carrying a movie.
Wouldn't recommend this one except in skip mode.
You could see the ending coming a mile away. I won't give spoilers for those who haven't seen it. Its not a terrible movie, its just that I felt the story was recycled from several other movies. (At times, I felt I was watching other movies).
Demi was great as usual, and the filming locations were beautiful, but the plot was borrowed at best. Ending was a let down.
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