Into the Forest

Into the Forest

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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feralranger
Nov 04, 2020

I was surprised how beautiful this film is. I read the book years ago and didn’t care for it that much but I liked the film. It is considered horror but it is a new genre of horror where the collapse of energy threatens lives all over the world. It focuses on the lives of two sisters in the PNW who must fend for themselves without modern conveniences (oh! The horror) but it really is hand to mouth living while months and months go by and the sisters become more feral. Two warnings: it contains a rape scene and a evisceration of a pig.

JCLHollyB Mar 20, 2020

At first glance, I saw it misleading that this title was marketed as a “Thriller” as I rarely noticed myself feeling the intense sensations of suspense that a Thriller typically produces. Yet, later, I lay awake amid COVID-19 Social Distancing in tingling fear response to the tiniest of suspicious noises!

It was well-done in the technical sense, both well-acted (It’s difficult for me to hate something Ellen Page has performed in) and visually attractive. The high-impact scenes were... well,..impactful…when they happened and prompted the wonder, “If the trauma of an apocalypse really happened how would people behave?”

I chop the ending up either to allegory or isolation insanity depending on my mood. I fully admit, I was quite irritated with the story in those final moments. The plot did not lead us anywhere. But, perhaps such events would not lead us anywhere but to a new beginning we must set out for???

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misatim
Apr 23, 2019

The story just wasn't common sense, the characters didn't seem to be real. Many people today live with out electricity. Often in large cities there are black outs for hours, or storms that remove power for days. People don't crumble so easy, and in the long run they pull together.

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SAPL454
Mar 27, 2019

Excellent movie; excellent action.

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Tessis
Mar 08, 2019

Ugghhh. Where to begin. Boring, is a start.. This whole family really had no common senese.. Meaning if u are without electricity for more thn 10 days.. And ur lil town stores have no food and gas is 35 dollars a gallon, u should venture out more. Instead the sistee is practicing for a. Ballet recital tht i dont think is ever gna happen. Hello there's noone in town. Snore

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hbgizzle
Oct 28, 2018

The thought of living without electricity is unfathomable. Humans need it. This movie shows what can happen when its not available and in a world like this, things can change pretty quickly.

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aaropender
Sep 12, 2018

It's important to note that this is not a suspense genre film; it is a drama genre film. Nevertheless, the pacing is mostly taught and engrossing. I was generally involved and sympathetic towards the characters, who are real and who are not perfect, and who have emotions and goals of their own to keep you connected to them. The characters are dynamic, they suffer, and they change. The film is emotionally involving and at times pulls with some pretty impressive force. Good movies are not about action or violence; they are about the effects that they have on your internal world. This is a good movie.

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candlesticktroughs
Feb 26, 2018

in some of the early scenes, such as when the trio are walking into a shopmart, evan rachel wood looks like Page's mother, she is so much taller than the Canadian actress. Wood spends much time practicing her ballet in front of multiple mirrors. I don't think the film got what the book was saying. A missed independent -film opportunity. Not bad, but just no oomph to it, at all. It was nice they slept with his body, in the forest, after being unable to save him (after a chainsaw accident).

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spiritchild
Jan 23, 2018

A different view of a possible 'apocalypse', more 'real' instead of zombies appearing. Some may find it slow, but it's more about learning to survive and supporting each other. Not sure it was totally a smart thing to do at the end.

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wildct2003
Nov 30, 2017

Good drama that focuses on how one family deals with a massive power outage and isolation.

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tj_is_cool
Aug 05, 2017

Super dumb ending. It wasted the good performances of the two actresses.

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Daveinportland
Jul 12, 2017

The only reason I gave this two stars is because the acting was good. The plot and script were horrible. I have not read the book and after watching this I have no desire to ever read the book. I just could not get into it. About 1/2 through I just started forwarding to the next scene and it never got any better and stayed as mind numbing boring from the first scene to the very last. It really could have been much better.

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miaone
Jul 03, 2017

This could have been a really good movie; unfortunately it's only mediocre. Too bad. The basic plot is one lots of us might need to know about in a decade or two. The book was better in that it let the younger daughter grow up with a real connection with the forest and its plants and animals that surely would have been the case in real life. It was hard to connect with the older daughter, and in this film, hard to connect with either of them in such shallow performances. The dancer and the father just telephoned it in.
If you are intrigued by the plot and theme, try reading the book by the same name; it might register higher.

Franln Jun 23, 2017

Ellen Page & Evan Rachel Wood are both excellent actors and amazing women. Really a gripping story and a well-done movie.

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garnetgyre
Jun 16, 2017

Good, if disturbing movie about two young women trying to survive when civilization breaks down in the near future. Read the book, as well, and I think the movie is actually better.

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jochooi
Jun 04, 2017

Pretty good movie. Some harsh comments here considering Canadian lead actress and shot locally in Campbell River. Judge for yourself.

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RoyalJellyIII
May 28, 2017

Laughable entry into the post-apocalyptic genre- and it's quite boring.
Since there are people who don't understand what the term ' post apocalyptic ' means here's the dictionary definition: " denoting or relating to the time following a nuclear war or other catastrophic event. " This definition fits precisely for this underwhelming film.

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Bvreeman
Apr 27, 2017

I enjoyed this movie. It starts off building the characters of two young women that have everything with not much connection to the real world. When the massive power outage happens, they start learning lessons fairly quickly on how to survive in the "new world". Several things happen within the movie and by the end, you get the feeling that they can take on most anything thrown at them.

Contrary to some other reviews, I felt like this was an empowering movie. Through a willingness to learn, grit, and determination, these girls turned into survivors.

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gloogai
Apr 07, 2017

Well acted, but the writing is completely unbelievable.

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jjvotnbot
Mar 26, 2017

Poorly done movie...these pathetic ladies could be writing a "how not to survive" guide &, yo, learn how to use a chainsaw Dad!?!
Reinforces "helpless girls" stereotypes --we have 8 yr. old kids on the Baker highway that are way more competent and savvier than the people in this prima donna Hollywood portrayal.

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Nooksack20
Mar 20, 2017

Wasn't what I was expecting given the scenario. It has nothing to do with going into the forest with exception of the last shot where they depart their family home as they burn it to the ground with the oldest girl's offspring from a rape she endured earlier in the flick. Not highly recommended.

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MrHankey_2
Feb 04, 2017

Wasn't what I was expecting from the description above and moved slowly for me. Unfamiliar with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood but I thought they were good. Would not watch it again and could have lived without it.

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nidus
Feb 03, 2017

I read about 20 comments, saying a version of "totally worthless, unwatchable" before I saw it, expecting it to be terrible. I found it amazingly enjoyable. It is well made and consistent to the very end. All I can think of by way of an explanation is that it was made by a woman, and, like our new U.S president, a lot of people (white men) really don't like women. So, if you don't hate women, you may well enjoy this movie.

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yumfook
Jan 09, 2017

This movie is rather weak. Both Ellen Page & Evan Rachel Wood to play as teenagers are horrible. They couldn't act. I tried to blame on the script and the characters they played. Watching them in their characters in this movie made me frustrated. I kept questioning whether the characters they portrayed were being dumb or their acting had the problem. The frustration of this movie is not the theme on being without power, it is the father who has to deal with such a pair of self-centered and they-know-them-all teenagers who make the audience angry. I felt sorry for the character who played their dad. Poor dad!

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21221018293347
Dec 30, 2016

Not a great movie. Certainly not an apocalyptic / end of the world type of movie; life is just too good for too long for these two sisters who really are never challenged. What it is, is a good movie about the relationship between sisters.


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