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:: Knife Edge

As a horror film, Knife Edge fell flat for me. A jumble of un-relatable characters and a formidable house devolve into a clich√© desperate heroine by the conclusion of the film. The film follows the story of Emma (Nathalie Press), a successful British stockbroker, working on Wall Street, returning to England with her husband, Henri (Matthieu Boujenah). Emma has precognitive abilities (something predictably alluded to early in the film), which predominately contain scenes of horror and murder upon arrival at the house. A few interesting twists and turns lead to Emma uncovering the secret of the house, it’s violent past and it’s increasingly uncertain future.

One main problem with the film was the building of tension. It took far too long, and was incredibly dull and sometimes forced, spoiling the horror aspect of the film. Alternatively, once successfully built up, the tension simply melts away with little fear and uncertainty left for the audience. More problematic, perhaps, is the unfounded character motivation. There’s no reasonable explanation, whether by inference, or explicit communication, for some of the actions of the characters, which, aside from elements of the supernatural, make the film completely unbelievable.

Nathalie Press does her best to play the part of a confused, disorientated and uncertain mother losing confidence in her sanity, despite her precognitive ability. But it is not an entire success. There are moments of brilliance, and believability. But often the performance lacks a certain passion.

As a horror film, it was predictable and bland. While the twists did provide some level of intrigue, it was ultimately a bore.

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