Starring: Daisy Keeping, David Brandon, Joy Tanner
Director: Riccardo Paoletti
Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Drama | Horror | Suspense | 2013
Neverlake is - what I'm assuming anyway - a low budget film that's almost not even available for watching. Luckily, I was able to find it on Hoopla for free (yah!) so I watched it real quick over a couple of lunch breaks throughout the week. First of all, I do not like watching movies on my phone. It really takes away from a lot of what the film is trying to offer. Second of all, this is an interesting movie that has a lot of potential, but just doesn't quite make it up to a "Liked it" due to acting and story holes.
A young girl, Jenny (played by Daisy Keeping) returns to her fathers home in Italy. Their relationship seems to be normal, I'm pretty sure even Jenny thinks so, but the audience can tell that something isn't quite right. There are secrets to be uncovered surrounding the lake and the children that Jenny comes across one day. She quickly becomes friends with the young, injured children. After growing close to them, they finally tell her their secret.
Basically, this film has two different "plots" that I just can't seem to put together in my mind. There is the myth of the lake, that has magical powers to keep someone alive (I'm guessing here, it wasn't technically explained) and then there is the story of her father murdering and hurting children so that his own secret daughter can stay alive. Her father is taking parts of other humans (including Jenny) and putting them into his own daughter! That is the part that I find interesting about this film. The Criminal Minds aspect of it, a man gone psycho who truly believes Jenny was created so Mya could stay alive). The parts of the film that I don't get are the "return the idols to the water" thing. And the stone looking parts of the bodies. And the fact that her mother is alive? Are the children alive or dead? That was never explained either. And how does the lake choose Jenny to show her these visions and what not? And what is up with the octopus arms? Or is that Mya's spirit? Ugh I'm so confused.
For the most part, this movie has great potential, but I feel like it misses the mark with me. I would have like a more developed story that doesn't disconnect as much as this one does. Too many questions go unanswered, but I'm still going to give this movie an "Okay" rating. If you can get your hands on it, I suggest watching on an actual TV. Maybe that would have changed my thoughts and kept me more focused on it to better understand the plot. (2.5/5).
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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