So what’s with Naomi Watts and strange little pale faced boys? I think that’s a question that any horror fan would ask the minute they step in to see SHUT IN. The Farren Blackburn feature stars Watts as a clinical psychiatrist dealing with her son after a tragic accident. Things become even worse when a current patient a small boy becomes missing. Soon the world crumbles in front of Mary (Watts) and she believes she’s being haunted by that same boy who may be dead. SHUT IN is a side bender that is filled with intrigue and mystery.
SHUT IN is not a complicated thriller by any means. Watts gives her usual “I can’t believe this is happening to me performance” but no one really stands out. STRANGER THINGS star Charlie Heaton does a solid job as well playing the paralyzed son Stephen. Films like this are hard for viewers to get into because as the story continues you play out all you can conceive is the star abandoning the situation. There are plenty of frights in the film that does a nice mix of psychological to supernatural thriller. Once the climax of the film reaches the brink it’s going to be up to the audiences on the gratification level but we feel most will enjoy it.
There is more to be desired with a film like SHUT IN. Anytime you mix isolation, with mental health issues and the snow one film comes to mind. SHUT IN doesn’t come close to the cult classic created by Kubrick but there are a few moments in the film to enjoy. The ending seems to slow the film down a tad bit, but for a PG-13 ish thriller it’s not terrible.
SHUT in is directed by Farren Blackburn and stars Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, introducing Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay, David Cubitt and Clémentine Poidatz. It is now playing in theaters everywhere courtesy of EuropaCorp.
2.5 / 5