Movie Review: Innocence (2013)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2013 thriller starring Sophie Curtis and Kelly Reilly.

Synopsis: After her mom is killed in a tragic surfing accident, Beckett and her father (a famous author) move to Manhattan so she can attend a prestigious prep school. However, when a student commits suicide and Beckett learns it wasn’t the first time, she becomes suspicious and, after some investigation, discovers the school’s faculty members aren’t what they seem.

Review

I came across this film on one of our movie channels a couple days ago and, because it looked interesting, decided to record it so my wife and I could watch it together. We finally were able to do that last night and, unfortunately, the movie just wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be.

There are a couple major problems with this movie. The first is the fact it takes an eternity for something to happen in it. Sure, we see her mom die (well, actually, she just disappears) and her classmate jump off the roof. But, other than that, the majority of the film was her going to school, hanging out with her friends and getting her belly button pierced.  By the time she actually started to investigate the school, the movie was more than half over and my wife and I were honestly getting bored.

The other issue I had with this movie is we never really learn the truth about the faculty members and what they are. My first thought was they were vampires. And, there were plenty of things about this movie that supported that theory, such as needing virgin blood to stay young and the ability to convert someone by having that person drink their blood. However, last I checked, vampires couldn’t be out in the daylight and sun didn’t seem to affect them.

The only other logical conclusion is they were demons. But, even that theory was somewhat weakened by the fact they had kids. If they weren’t human, then wouldn’t their kids also be non-humans? Those plot holes, combined with the fact this movie seemed to take forever to get interesting kept it from being anywhere near as enjoyable as I hoped it would be.

Innocence

Haunted by the death and dreams of her beloved mother in a Montauk surfing accident, 16-year-old Beckett and her father, novelist Miles Warner, move to Manhattan and attempt to ...

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Final Opinion

The premise of this movie isn’t a terrible one. However, poor execution resulted in the film being a dull and confusing mess with plenty of things that were either left unexplained or were briefly and vaguely explained while I was struggling to stay awake. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, do yourself a favor and avoid it.

My Grade: F

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Updated: 08/25/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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Mira on 08/26/2015

Good to know :)

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