Originally Posted by James May
I've got Vinyan coming from Netflix. How was that one?
Funny you should ask. So, VINYAN --
OK, first thing, this is being sold as a horror film and it's really not. It has loftier aspirations. It's really DON'T LOOK NOW by way of LORD OF THE FLIES. If that sounds good to you, you'll probably enjoy it. If you're looking for a genre fix, you're going to be disappointed. Really disappointed.
The look of the film is fantastic, gorgeously shot and designed. The sound design is by the guy who did IRREVERSIBLE; he's known for unsettling soundscapes and he does that here to good effect. The acting by the two leads, Rufus Sewel and Emmanuel Beart is strong as you would hope. The rest of the cast is decent but spotty. There are a few moments of creepiness, usually in the form of dreams or hallucinations. If you find native jungle children scary, this is your movie.
If you don't find native jungle children scary, you may find much of this laughable. The film is slow until the third act, and not in a good, deliberate kind of slow. It's the Emmanule Beart staring off into the distance for the 50th time type of slow. This is arthouse horror but it's no LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. Those with an aversion to artiness should probably avoid.
It's all pretty weird.
So yeah, your mileage is really going to vary with this one. I was prepared for it so I found plenty to enjoy, but I could see hating it if you aren't in the right mood.