Shut In (2016)

Shut In… more like shut up.

A widowed child psychologist (Naomi Watts) lives alone in an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find her way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.

Farren Blackburn’s sophomore directorial entry Shut In is proof that even a stellar cast can’t save a poor script. There is nothing substantial about this film, the majority of time is spent watching Naomi Watts flitter around her snowy doing fuck all. There are actual large gaps of story where nothing is actually happening. Some would perhaps be able to save the film by saying it’s a ‘slow burn’, I say those people are in denial, as this film moves incredibly slowly to absolutely no where you care to go.

It is incredibly frustrating to see such a talented cast (Naomi Watts, Charlie Heaton of Stranger Things and Jacob Tremblay of Room) wasted on such a lacklustre clunky story. The biggest insult for horror aficionados, is to endure a horror movie so unbearably boring. There is a total absence of any thrills or chills and the reveal is incredibly hokey and requires a large suspension of disbelief.

Naomi Watts you deserve so much better!

1.5 / 10

“Listen to what you’re saying, you’re talking about ghosts!” 


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