A young woman (Natalie Dormer) searches for her twin sister in an infamous Japanese forest beneath Mount Fuji where lost souls go to commit suicide. With the help of an American guide (Taylor Kinney), she treks into the heart of the mysterious woodland. Jason Zada directed this horror thriller.~Daniel Gelb
The Forest stars Natalie Dormer in due roles. Dormer plays Sara who travels to Japan to find her twin sister Jess who disappeared a few days earlier in Japan famous suicide forest.
I enjoyed The Forest. I am a fan of supernatural thrillers and really enjoyed the mind games the main character. This film sold me on how good an actress Dormer really is. She was able to pull off two characters, twins, with entirely different personalities. This is a thinking man' horror film. I recommend this film to fans of ghost stories and Japanese horror.
I had seen the trailer for this when I saw HATEFUL EIGHT. The posters were everywhere in the lobby. I love Japanese horror films because many deal with spirits of some kind. When I saw the trailer I thought OK, U.S. remake of a Japanese film. I went home to look it up, nothing stood out as this being a remake. I waited a few months for it to come to blu. I bought it release day and watched it. There was one thing that made me scratch my head. Something was off here. Which was fine it gave the movie weird feel which I could not put my finger on. After a little bit it finally struck me...No bamboo in a Japanese forest! Really? I have seen well over a hundred Japanese films and there is always bamboo in the forests. When the credits roll... you see all the names and I realized it's a 'Serbian' made film which is trying to be Japanese! This was OK, it explained (to me) why it seemed off kilter - which makes it interesting. The story was good, the full use of a haunted forest made sense. I would say more but do not want to say anything which could reveal spoilers. It's not a great movie it's not a bad movie just a middle of the road horror film which was fun to watch.
I thought this was a pretty good psychological thriller. I was hoping for a big time scary movie, but that's not what it is and that's fine since the psychological part was good. I felt like it was sad for Sarah at the end, I mean really.. did it have to end that way! And of course I wanted to smack them when they didn't listen to the guide and stay at the camp until he got there but if they did then we wouldn't have a movie.
More of a psychological thriller than horror movie
There are twists and turns in "The Forest", but I would call it more of a psychological thriller than a horror movie. Some nice symbolism, just light on the genuine scares if that's what you are hoping for. I said I would recommend this film, but mostly for hardcore fans of Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones") and those who can be patient. Would not recommend for the ultra-critical or blood-and-guts horror fans.
I actually really liked this one. I found the slightly by-the-numbers story to be compelling. Yes they went for the cheap jump scare a few times and the acting was only ok in my opinion, but it had a good plot twist and great presentation (excellent cinematography and music score) which made the end product work. Definitely worth a watch