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This killer thriller grabs your attention and never lets go

This killer thriller grabs your attention and never lets go

After spending a few years working with Marvel Studios on the development of Doctor StrangeScott Derrickson returns to his horror roots for the first time since 2014 deliver us from evil, not that the first Doctor Strange The film didn’t have some seriously scary elements, but Derrickson’s latest effort is a more classic form of horror that many had become accustomed to seeing from the director in the late 2000s and early 2010s. black phone reunites derrickson frightening Leading man is Ethan Hawke and, while it may not be as surface-level horror as his previous effort, this film brings the kind of coolness that resonates with you long after the credits roll.

black phone In 1970s America follows the story of a small town being ravaged by a serial kidnapper named “The Grabber”. In another effortlessly amazing performance, Ethan Hawke plays Grabber, posing as a magician and snatching young boys into his van, locking them in a dungeon before eventually killing them. Enter young Phinney (Mason Thames), who serves as Grabber’s latest victim. He aims to escape with the help of the boys who are taken before him and killed, calling him from beyond via a phone in Grabber’s basement. He also gets some help from his younger sister, Gwen (Madeleine McGraw), who has some supernatural abilities of her own.

it’s easy to see black phone As a showcase for Ethan Hawke, and it highlights his immense talent as an actor. He’s masked most of the time (the mask constantly changing his expression adds a lot to his fear factor), but he’s able to create more terrifying layers with his body language and voice, when most actors have their way. They have full exposure at the disposal.

However, Hawk’s excellence is expected at this point. He is one of the best in whatever he does. Thames and McGraw, their young costars, are the ones who really steal the show. They give two of the best and most unexpected performances from teen actors in recent memory, and both are far more talented than their years.

It helps that they are offering some incredible material to work with. Joe Hill’s original short story is great in its own right, but Derrickson and co-writer/longtime collaborator C. Robert Cargill do the story justice by finding unique ways to make the story work on screen. Terror is a slow build. While it doesn’t offer much in the way of jump scares or instant horror gratification, the underlying horror constantly bubbles up beneath the surface once the movie ends. Those neighborhood streets remind you of yourself and cause you to spend an extra time or two looking both ways. Hawke’s frighteningly calm demeanor is reflected in the people you meet at the grocery store. Every van sends a little chill down your spine. black phone So effective in its horrors because we can each see our lives being represented on screen in the characters and stories.

While the story is from the 70s, how much it reminds you of today’s life, it is scary. there’s a theme everywhere black phone About the victims being forgotten and the world moving on. A child goes missing, the city mourns, only to be forgotten about to go on the next hunt. There is some very literal and haunting imagery of one “missing” flyer that covers up the other in much the same way. That scene hits another level in our current climate of tragedies, where the victims of a mass shooting are only remembered until the next event, whether it’s in Buffalo, Uvalde, or the next unsung American city. . The victims are many and it seems that no one has enough thoughts or prayers.

black phone Sends a message that every victim counts. Each of the boys before Phinney has a name, a face, a personality, and a key role to play in making sure Phinney breaks the cycle. believe it or not, black phone A surprisingly hopeful film, and much of that hope comes from people who are lost. His voice is a rallying cry for grace, meaning and remembrance. That beauty plays out very well against the backdrop of Grabber’s terror.

Derrickson’s latest effort isn’t outright frightening like some of his previous horror entries, but black phone represents a major step in the mastery of your craft. With his stellar cast, Derrickson weaves a haunting story that leaves a long-lasting impression.

Rating: 4 out of 5

black phone Hits theaters on June 24.

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Drashti Jain