A required taste but an all-round decent horror movie.
Awkward pacing and repetitive and predictable scares.
Rika, a social worker, is sent to care for an elderly lady when one of her colleagues has something important to take care of.
The house Rika goes to is in-fact haunted by the enraged spirits of a mother and son who were apparently murdered by the father.
While cleaning the filthy house Rika hears something upstairs.
When she goes to investigate she discovers a small boy named Toshio in a closet.
This sets off the Ju-on curse which is created by those who have died in a powerful rage and kills anyone who comes in contact with it, continuing the curse with each victim.
JU-ON is such a difficult movie to review.
On one hand you have a movie that's warranted remakes and sequels and has been praised as the successor of THE RING.
But on the other, you have a poorly paced movie with very few true scary bits and one hell of a bizarre ending.
Depending on how you look at it, it may be an automatic hit or an absolute flop, I on the other hand, am keeping it borderline I just can't really decide.
The pacing of the movie is pretty unique and instead of focusing ad developing a flowing story, they decided to break it up into little character sections. The problem with this is that it becomes repetitive and predictable and sometimes it jumps into past and present so quickly you don't know what time frame you're in.
The scare tactics aren't particularly new or well implemented.
Instead of showing any form of onscreen violence, you are left with a build up scare that fails horribly when the climax is nothing but the character screaming off camera (some may argue it's effective because it makes you use your imagination, I would disagree).
Ok so maybe I'm being a bit harsh because it has a few decent "jump" moments (mostly involving Toshio) it's just that what's supposed to be JU-ON'S biggest scares well.... just don't work.
On moments when you're supposed to be freaked out you're left thinking "what just happened?".
Despite some of JU-ON's failings in the scare department (which is the most important part of a horror movie), it is blessed with a decent script and good-excellent acting.
One of my favorite scenarios is Izumi's story.
The script holds up just enough for the actors to show some very good acting skills.
Having not seen the original TV-movie JU-ON (apparently the peak of the series), I can't really compare them, but (presumably) if you want to something a little safer and more targeted to the general audience than something like A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, this is probably a good bet.
I'm too unsure about this movie and I’ll hold of on giving it a final judgment until I see the sequel (which is also apparently, much better).
A good movie for soft-core horror fans but those expecting more than it has to offer will be disappointed.
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gloria on 11, Apr. 2005 22:28 (HKT)
I love it The movie is spooky and creepy, this is a gost with a lot of hate, and when you step through her door, tha\'s it, your done for...it does not matter if you are the pope of rome...your dead..and that is that..the movie is great.
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