Saturday, March 11, 2017

DVD Review: "Shut In"

"Shut In" is one of those pleasant surprises that got wrongly savaged by critics when it first came out in the theaters. I found it to be a suspenseful little thriller well-acted by almost the entire cast. The jump-scares were effective and the atmosphere and cinematography perfectly place you in the middle of nowhere. You're left with a feeling of isolationism and confusion as to what is real and what isn't.

A widowed child psychologist, Mary (Naomi Watts), lives an isolated existence in rural New England. A young boy (Jacob Tremblay) she is treating goes missing and is presumed dead. Mary becomes convinced that his ghost is haunting her and her bedridden son (Charlie Heaton) in "Shut In."

"Shut In" is rated PG-13 for terror and some violence/bloody images, nudity, thematic elements and brief strong language. Quite a few f-bombs are dropped throughout the movie. There's also a scene where we see Naomi Watts naked from the side, both breasts and bottom.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD for "Shut In" feature a bare minimum of bonus materials. It contains two short featurettes entitled "Nightmare v. Reality: Imagining 'Shut In'" and "The House on Delphi Lane: A Classic." We also get a theatrical trailer. The featurettes really made me respect the production of the film and gave me some insight into how it was shot and assembled.

"Shut In" came out for home viewing on February 28th, 2017. It was directed by Farren Blackburn ("The Wolverine," "Walk the Line"). The cast includes Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Jacob Tremblay, and Charlie Heaton. The running time is 91 minutes.

"Shut In" is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

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