Random musings on all things cinematical, and otherwise, by Joe Leydon.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
They Remain (No Matter How Much You Might Want Them To Leave
From my 2.27.18 Variety review: “‘You
know how this is going to end,’ a character portentously intones to no one in
particular at the start of They Remain, writer-director Philip Gelatt’s ponderously
moody suspense drama about scientific researchers who may or may not fall under
the influence of supernatural forces while observing flora and fauna in a
remote woodland area. Unfortunately, those words prove to be less of a
cryptic warning than a blunt appraisal. After enduring the first 10 minutes or
so this pretentious twaddle, anyone with previous exposure to similarly
affected slow-burn thrillers will know they’re destined for a long onslaught of
murky symbolism, stilted dialogue, mannered performances, and brain-fogging
confusion, leading to a conclusion that is satisfying only because it signals
the termination of an enervating journey. In short: They Remain is a movie that lives down to your worst expectations.” You can read the rest of my Variety review here.