Ouija done yesterday. This means I was at last free to watch something new, since I was putting it off until I got everything caught up again. First up is The Skeptic (2009), which will be taken out of instant watch on Netflix on Halloween. After this, I plan to hit the DVDs I have from Netflix, as I have had them for a long time now.
Bryan's (Tim Daly) aunt has recently passed away. Since he is the closet relative, and a lawyer, her estate goes to him. This includes her house, which was once owned by his parents when he was a little kid. Bryan's aunt believed the house to be haunted, and thought she knew where it was coming from as well, a closet on the second floor. Her husband, who had died years earlier, also believe the place to be haunted. Bryan doesn't believe in that type of stuff though. In face, he doesn't believe in anything that doesn't have a real explanation to it. Lately Bryan and his wife have been having problems, so Bryan decides to stay in his old house while he gets the estate squared away. It doesn't take long before things start going bump in the night, but will Bryan start to believe in ghosts?
The Skeptic wasn't too bad of a movie. Writer/director Tennyson Bardwell gives us a film that has been done before, but mixes it up enough to keep it interesting. He also gives an ending that is open ended and lets us decide what happened. He may have left it too open, but I will get to that a little later. Bardwell makes sure we know that Bryan doesn't believe in much of anything, and that his wife feels he is emotionally challenged. What feels like a subplot at first, but turns into more, Bardwell explores why Bryan keeps his feelings bottled up. What I really liked about the story was that the haunting never escalated. Bryan hears noises and sees a woman at times, but the activity never really picks up. He still hears things and sees the woman, but never in a increasing pace. This was nice, as most movies tend to add more in order to up the ante, so to speak. Instead, we get a psychic played by Zoe Saldana. She is a bit over-the-top at times, it was a nice change from the other characters. The movie was pretty good, and I did enjoy the ending. As I said above though, it was left a little too open ended. None of the subplots were tied up and Bryan's fate is left up in the air as well. I don't mind a film that allows me to decide what happened, in fact I usually give a film like that high marks. The Skeptic was left a bit too open ended though. It just gave me the feeling of "What? That's it?" once the credits start to role.
I don't think there was anything as far as special effects go. If there was, it was just minor stuff. The acting was actually pretty good. Tim Daly is really good in the lead role, but there was times I didn't really care for him. I couldn't really decide if it was the way Daly acted out the scenes, or maybe it was just his character. It wasn't too annoying to me though. Tom Arnold shows up here and there. He isn't around a lot, but often enough really. I was glad to see him take on a bit more of a serious role than I usually see him in, but I couldn't help but feel he was being pulled back from being too funny at times. He seemed on the verge of breaking into trying to say something funny a lot of the time. Robert Prosky, in his last film, has a smaller role, but it was a nice surprise to see him in this film. For a film I had not heard of before adding it to my queue, it had a few people I actually know of.
I guess one can make the case by the end of the film for this either being a paranormal film or everything is just in his head as his problems start to surface more and more. I thought it was pretty clear it was all paranormal, but it does try to make a case for it being in Bryan's head at times as well, just not very strongly. I gave the last film that I watched that did the same thing a higher score. I can't give The Skeptic the same score just because of the ending. Didn't hate the ending or anything like that, but it could have been better. There is still a little time to give this one a watch if you have Netflix's instant watch. It is worth a watch if the plot of the movie sounds interesting to you.
3 out of 5 I think all men have mother issues
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