FIlm Review: THE NUN (USA 2018)

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A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.


Corin Hardy


Gary Dauberman (screenplay by), James Wan (story by) | 1 more credit »

THE NUN is a gothic horror film set in 1952 Romania after World War 2, where the bombs dropped on an abbey have uncovered a portal where evil can emerge from another world.   It is a spin-off of 2016’s The Conjuring 2, (the nun is CONJURING 2 has a cameo in this film – not that anyone can remember or recall what she looks like) and the fifth instalment in The Conjuring Universe.

The film, believe it or not is English director Corin Hardy’s second film.  It begins in 1952 with a character saying the demon in the painting is real.  There is no reference to this painting or this demon in any other part of the movie,  The film continues with a group of nuns in abbey in Romania (don’t ask why Romania) where they walk carrying kerosene lamps in dark corridors before encountering a sign saying ‘God ends here’.  This follows by a nun committing suicide and the body found by a French Canadian called Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet) (his name is later revealed as Maurice – no kidding), though this character speaks with a distinct European and not a Quebec French accent. A Catholic priest, Father Burke (Demián Bichir) is dispatched from the vatican and together with a Catholic noviciate (Taissa Farmiga, younger sister of Vera Farminga) are sent to Romania to find out what is going on.

One segment has a scene in a graveyard where there are bells connected to the headstones.  The reason given is that if someone is buried alive by mistake, they can ring the bell from their coffin and be saved.  Without any warning, the Catholic priest is buried in a coffin and rings the bell to be rescued, which he is by the noviciate.  But not before all the other bells begin ringing for no reason.  Then the magic question asked by the noviciate; “How did you get brief in there?”   It i the evil that is going on,’ is the hilarious answer given by the priest,

The film’s climatic 15 minutes need mention.  This is the fight between good and evil.   As the portal is being sealed by supposedly the blood of Christ, there is a snake creature that appears from the demon’s mouth.  The demon that emits a force that pushes the nun to be dunked in water (where did this water suddenly come from?) and more high jinx that has no continuity or sense.   The dialogues no better.  When the blood of Christ is mentioned, the words ‘Holy Shit’ is heard.  That the dialogue goes, “Yes, that is the holiest of shit.”

The folk’s funniest moment is Frenchie saving the movie nun’s life.  “It is called the kiss of life,” he tells her after.  “Thanks for saving my life, she replies.

The film cost $22 million to make, which is a lot considering that the film is such a mess.  Judging from the last 15 minutes of the film’s climax, never has a film been so incoherent.


TIFF 2018 Review: WHAT THEY HAD (USA 2018) ****

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.


Elizabeth Chomko

Playwright and theatre actress Elizabeth Chomko delivers a gut wrenching directorial debut with her award winning screenplay.  The film is fortunate to have four top notch actors delivering unforgettable performances – Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon playing duelling siblings trying their utmost best to look after their parents, Robert Forster playing the father looking after his dementia stricken wife played by Blythe Danner.  Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home at her brother Nicki’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother, Ruth (Blythe Danner) and her father Burt’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together. 

 The drama works as the script offers each of the family’s point of view on the problem.  And each member is right and has sacrificed in her or his own way.  There is no one correct solution.  As the Burt character talks about love: “You find someone you can commit to, and then you work at it.”  This line is also true even if you one finds ons soulmate or love at first sight.  One has to work at it.  The film contains many dramatic sets-ups with excellent dialogue and tearful moments.  WHAT THEY HAD has a Gala Presentation at TIFF and might be a likely shoo-in for the People’s Choice Award.


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Happy Birthday: Taissa Farmiga

taissafarmiga.jpgTaissa Farmiga

Born: August 17, 1994 in New Jersey, USA

[on playing the strong-willed, feisty Violet in American Horror Story (2011)] The horror aspect, the scary parts, are easy for me. I mean I can get into that pretty easy, because I get scared. You have to invest yourself in these characters.


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