Review: Into The Forest

Apocalyptic learning. 

Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) are sisters living with their father (Callum Keith Rennie) in a secluded house. One day the power goes out state wide and doesn't come back. After a freak accident, Nell and Eva are left to live off the land around their house on their own.

Page and Wood are two of my favorite actresses, so I was excited to hear they were in a film together at Sundance last year. Unfortunately this film isn't good enough for them. I never read the book this was based on, but Nell mentions early on that she's studying for her SATs, which threw me off completely because these two do not look like they could pass for teenagers.  Nell and Eva are also not very likable and make so many terrible decisions that it became obvious what's forcing the plot here.

Then things get rapey, because of course they do. To be fair, the film did get the depression part of that right, but it's not enough to make up for the fact that it was unnecessary in the first place. Not only that, but these two talented actresses manage to be nowhere near their usual selves. Page in particular overacts at nearly every turn.

I'm disappointed a promising sounding drama starting two of my favorite actresses could end up like this. 

Recommended: No

Grade: D

Memorable Quote: "It's half mine, right?" - Eva (Evan Rachel Wood)

10 comments:

  1. It veered from the book in some pretty big ways, but not for the better. There's a lot of potential here, and I like being at the end of the world without actually seeing the end of the world. So ominous. So much missed opportunity,.

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    1. I read they left a bit of incest out? Something like that. I probably could've handled this better as a book than a film.

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  2. Oh, good lord! I got excited for a minute. I think I'm going to learn my lesson and take your advice on this one!

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    1. I was hyped for this all year round and was let down. lol

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  3. I wanted to see this because of these 2 ladies who are my top 7 actresses. They're too old to play teens as they deserve better.

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    1. Evan and Ellen are in my top as well, they're my girls. This movie is far beneath them.

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  4. agreed. so much talent, and such little quality

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    1. I want to throw this movie lol. The D is really generous.

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  5. Yeah I heard this wasn't very good :/ Shame about Wood, I'm not a big fan of Page but I'd see anything for Wood. Really wanna see Mildred Pierce again

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    1. Wood is the best actress in this but her character is so dumb. Loved her in Mildred Pierce, I think I've seen every one of her movies aside for those few animated films she did.

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