1 hour, 24 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for mature thematic material, disturbing violence and terror.
Kristen Stewart ... Jess
Dylan McDermott ... Roy
Penelope Ann Miller ... Denise
John Corbett ... Burwell
William B. Davis ... Colby Price
Brent Briscoe ... Plume
Dustin Milligan ... Bobby
Jodelle Ferland ... Michael Rollins
Roy (Dylan McDermott "Runaway Jury") has been out of work for a while. His wife Denise (Penelope Ann Miller "Along Came a Spider") is at odds with their sullen teenage daughter, Jess (Kristen Stewart 'Panic Room") who lost her driver's license among other teenage offenses. Their 3-year-old son Ben (Evan and Theodore Turner) seems to be the most centered of them all, except he doesn't speak. The family decides to leave Chicago and move to a dilapidated North Dakota farmhouse where Roy is planning to raise sunflowers. Roy hires an itinerant farmhand named Burwell (John Corbett "My Big Fat Greek Wedding") to help him plant and tend the crop. Meanwhile, Jess and Ben start seeing strange things and hearing weird noises. The usual scary movie kind of thing. And the crows seem to be agitated as well. But, when Jess tries to tell her parents, they don't take much notice and Roy can't leave no matter what's going on there, or he'll be ruined.
The Korean filmmakers Danny and Oxide Pang ("Bangkok Dangerous") have made a horror film that borrows heavily from all the usual suspects such as: "The Grudge," "The Amityville Horror," "The Ring," "Dark Water," and "Boogeyman." The trouble is that "The Messengers" isn't nearly as good as any of them. There are some scary moments though and teenagers will get a charge out trying to sit through them. I guess that makes it a good date movie.