I really hate movies
that promise so much more than they deliver.
Reading the back of
the box plot synopsis for Imprint suggests a ghost story of frightening
magnitude. They even tried to compare it to The Sixth Sense. And
of course, I was pretty enthusiastic about the whole thing.
I would find little
more than disappointment, however.
This time, it's a Native
American attorney, Shayla Stonefeather, who's just wrapped up
a big case prosecuting a Lakota teenager for murder, and is on
her way home to visit her ailing father and see the rest of her
family. Upon her arrival, she begins seeing visions and hearing
voices that lead her to connect these occurances to the disappearance
of her brother two years earlier. Shayla follows the various clues
until she reaches a shocking conclusion.
And from the sounds
of that, you'd think it's scary, until you consider one thing.
It won a best film award at a film festival...but not a horror
film festival. It won at a Native American film festival.
There's a very good
reason to bring this up--Imprint is a lot of things, but what
it's very much not is scary. Mentioning The Sixth Sense in the
same breath as this sludge is an insult to halfway decent Shyamalan.
In fact, much of Imprint was boring and slow-moving with little
payoff. The "visions" they mention so breathlessly on
the back of the box only occasionally appear, and when they do,
they're either visions of normal things incongruously located
(a hook and pulley appears where a phone receiver once hung),
or of poor-quality CG humanoids that vaguely resemble smoke.
I will, however, give
credit where credit is due--Imprint has a real corker of an ending.
Indeed, it's a very good ending that brings together a lot of
seemingly disparate elements in a fantastically full-circle conclusion.
The only problem with this, of course, is that you have to slog
through about seventy minutes of the most boring crap on the face
of the earth to get to it.
The special features
include Spanish subtitles, audio options, a blooper reel, cast
and crew bios, a behind the scenes featurette, and trailers for
Imprint, Ghost Image and Hide.
All in all, Imprint
is really, really hard to get through. Once you do, however, you
get a pretty nice payoff. It's up to you, however, if the struggle
is worth the surprises.
DVDDirected by Michael Linn
Written by Michael Linn, Keith Davenport
Starring Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears, Carla-Rae Holland,
Charlie White Buffalo
Produced by Chris Eyre, Carolyn Linn, Michael Linn
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