Well then, this movie was not really what I expected, but what I watched was a good movie. Naomi Watts stars in this slow, but still slightly jumpy thriller, as Mary. Mary is a psychiatrist who is working with a young boy, Tom (Jacob Tremblay) that is both troubled and alone. Mary has a stepson, Stephen (Charlie Heaton), who is full paralyzed from a car accident that killed his father and Mary’s husband. One day during a terrible blizzard, Tom shows up at Mary’s door and she takes him in from the cold. This is when things start to get strange. Mary starts to hear noises and to see things. After talking to her doctor, he begins to worry about Mary’s mental health.
Shut In has its moments that are definitely set up to make you jump, but other than that I didn’t find it very scary. The end scenes are probably the most exciting, once you find out what is going on and all the questions are answered. The one problem I have with this climax of the movie, I felt like the scene was drawn out way too much. I do however like the premise of the story. Finding out what is going on wasn’t 100% something that cuts you off guard, but I had thought this movie was about something completely different so I was still a tad surprised.
I had hoped that Jacob Tremblay would have had a bigger role in this film. He is excellent in Room and I believe he is quickly going to be a top Hollywood star. Hoping anyway. Really though, he isn’t in a lot of this film. But the scenes that he is in, he is perfect. Playing a partially deaf/mute child in this thriller must not be very easy, but he does a great job.
Charlie Heaton in this film was also perfect. Again, not a whole lot of scenes from him, being paralyzed and all, but he plays the helpless boy great. And then he plays the crazy stepson perfectly. Creepy and unsettling as to why he was pretending to be paralyzed, what he did to Tom, and how he was manipulating his step mother.
Overall this movie was pretty good. It was fairly slow while it was building up to the climax of the story, but other than that it had the jump factor and the creep factor. I’m going to give this movie a “Liked It” rating. If you are looking for a new psychological thriller to watch, Shut In would be a good choice.
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