IMDb Rating: 6/10
Not Rated |1h 40min |Drama, Horror |12 Sep 2019 (Portugal) |Movie
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 69% Certified Fresh (Critics), 48% Rotten (Audience)
Director: Christian Volckman
Writers: Sabrina B. Karine, Eric Forestier, Eric Forestier
Stars: Olga Kurylenko, Kevin Janssens, Joshua Wilson
Written by Jeremy.
IMDb summary: Matt and Kate buy an isolated house. While moving, they discover a strange room that grants them an unlimited number of material wishes. But, since Kate has had two miscarriages, what they miss the most is a child.
What’s the most annoying thing about a film that deals with a rare event such as an opportunity to have anything you ever wanted? Realism. Or the lack of it. But because this is a film, one must look beyond the realism of this situation and approach it head-on. What would you do given the same situation? Would you take it for all its worth and never ask a single question? Or would you proceed with extreme caution knowing that in the actual world, nothing is ever free?
Matt and Kate seem like reasonably intelligent people who have stayed together despite insurmountable odds and incredible loss. This couple seems very much in love, despite all the tragedy they’ve experienced in their young lives. Now that’s a good hook because that’s close to what you’d expect of a realistic situation.
But enter the fantastical aspect of this story; a hidden room locked with a strange-looking key. The door itself is covered in mystical symbols, and this doesn’t alarm either of the two at all.
After they find the room, Matt realises exactly what having access to the room means and how it can affect their lives. A surreal scene between the couple shows them bathing in money, drinking champagne and dressing in weird clothing. Their past is well and truly behind them, and they are finally existing instead of just living for each other once more.
Until Kate decides, she wants something more from the room.
One of the most interesting aspects of this film is how the materialism slowly amounts to emptiness. They emphasise this when Matt discovers, by accident, the price that they must pay for their opulence.
When Kate finally crosses the line with her demands upon the room, Matt tries to warn her about the reality of the situation. Kate’s trauma-induced hysteria seems to return when she realises the only thing she wanted is well and truly out of her reach.
To avoid spoilers, we won’t discuss the last act of the film because to be blunt, it’s kind of weird but entertaining none-the-less. When you realise just what’s going on, there is only one true escape from the room’s grip on Matt and Kate. Will they put everything right or will they succumb to the room and its hold on their lives?
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