Watcher – Film Evaluation


Possibly he simply needs to be buddies. In Chloe Okuno’s feature-length debut, Maika Monroe is stalked by a creepy neighbor–or a minimum of she thinks she is being stalked by a creepy neighbor–to satisfying outcomes.

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The immensely watchable Monroe, greatest identified for the terrific horror-thrillers It Follows and The Visitor, is terrific as soon as once more as an remoted spouse within the extremely tense Watcher. Remoted emotionally from her husband, and remoted linguistically from her neighbors, an American dwelling in Romania, she is a one-woman drive. At instances robust, others terrified, Monroe’s efficiency elevates the fabric, which is a comparatively easy stalker drama carried out extraordinarily effectively.

At a extremely environment friendly 91 minutes, Watcher is lean and imply in all the best methods. Okunu opts to carry again at each flip, counting on sideways glances and a risk simply off display or out of focus. Is she paranoid, or is her intestine telling her the reality? You’re by no means fairly certain, however you’re fairly certain that both method Okunu goes to stay the touchdown. And he or she does.

Fantastically shot and atmospheric past perception, Watcher is a taut, fantastically made thriller that makes probably the most of its story and actors. Whereas the story itself is probably not profound, it’s the most effective stalker motion pictures of the final decade.

This film was reviewed as a part of our protection of the 2022 Sundance Movie Pageant. 

Evaluation by Erik Samdahl until in any other case indicated.


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