May 8, 2011

The Eclipse (2009)



"In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts."

Having just wasted another Netflix rental on this drivel, I need to tell you that, although it was beautifully filmed and acted, it wasn't at all the ghost story that horror fans would expect it to be. Don't be fooled by the trailer.

"The Eclipse" was really a drama all about grief, letting go, and finding love. Worse than that, it was also a weird "love triangle" story of older people. Aidan Quinn was a narcissistic celebrity author who had an affair with Iben Hjejle and still fancied her while Ciarán Hinds became her new interest. I don't even care what their character names were. Even the thought of any of these people bumping uglies made me feel slightly queasy. Actually seeing Ciarán Hinds sucking face with Iben Hjejle was worse than watching two Shar-Peis going at it.

This film was easily the most boring thing that I've struggled through this year (and that includes "Insidious" and "Sucker Punch"). There were attempts at a couple of jump scare "supernatural" moments but I was too close to falling asleep when they happened to pay much attention. One of the ghosts was Ciarán Hinds' father and he was still alive!

It could have been good but it felt like a TV soap opera to me and just dragged on and on with little action and no resolution. "The Eclipse" really shouldn't have been marketed as a ghost story. It wasn't scary and I was very disappointed.

I don't recommend this film to anyone except insomniacs.

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