True Nature (2010)
Starring: Carolyn McCormick, Marianne Porter, Reg Land, David Darlow, John Woodruff
Plot: Part drama and part supernatural thriller, TRUE NATURE tells the story of a family reunited when their college-age daughter is found after a year-long disappearance. With no memory of what happened to her, she soon discovers that her very presence threatens to expose the secrets and fragile lies by which her family has lived.
My Review and Thoughts:
What a true masterful story, acting, direction edge of your seat suspense horror thriller that leaves a stunning image and memory for the viewer.
I love indie cinema. What I love about independent movies are they give such originality and new takes on subjects that might have been explored before but never fully showcased the way they should be.
True Nature is a film that bleeds a true sense of how a film should come together and smoothly showcase a memorable film for the viewer. Patrick Steele the writer and director knows how to grab the viewer and keep the viewer glued to the screen to the very last moment.
This is a wonderful suspense mystery horror that is thick with plot and top notch Grade A+++ acting. Flawlessly directed and paced to make the movie flow with just enough edge and tension to make one anticipate the next frame.
There is a sense of underlining spookiness as the movie moves along as the story slowly unfolds and the mystery thickens on just what is happening. The answers seem so far away yet you hold on wanting to know the outcome.
There is a feel of a tone of Gothic horror in away. A dread, a fear plays with the viewer. The sound effects cause emotions. There are those moments of hair raising goosebump inducing reactions.
The acting is extraordinary and flawless. Each character is believable. Carolyn McCormick plays Becky who is the main focus of the movie, and she is perfect in this role. McCormick holds the idea of victim and the unexplored mystery of what happened.
Reg Land plays the father to Becky. He is a successful business man with his own secrets and lies and cover ups that come full force into the reality of the story. Marianne is mother to Becky played by Marianne Porter who is an over protective mother who treats Becky like she is a child. Marianne Porter is a stunningly beautiful lady that captures her part perfect. She expresses wonderful believable emotions through her acting.
Becky is a runner. One night on vacation from school she goes out to exorcise. She vanishes. One year later she shows up and the mystery of what happened slowly unfolds.
Soon dead birds start to show up, the trees and flowers die and windows and glass start to crack in odd and strange ways. The nightmares and flashes that Becky goes through is a mixed bag of edited weirdness that adds to the story.
The movie is a perfect slow burn film that comes together in a haunting way. I really liked this movie. I really like the haunted nature of the film. The mystery is amazing and the film seems to grow as you watch it over and over. I viewed this film twice before this review to take it all in. I want to applaud all those involved in making this movie because I feel it's a true one of kind.
This movie has just the right amount of murder, violence, blood and gore. Not to much to over do it, just perfect in all details. What stands out in the film is not just the acting and story but its the reality of the home life. The personal story of the family and its hidden emotions as the story expresses the slow down fall and ultimate destruction of home life.
I can say with all honesty that this is possibly one of the most original films to grace cinema. This is fresh, new and truly terror filled. Talk about the past comes back to haunt. The old saying the sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.
I highly recommend this film. True Nature is a true film to watch.