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Whatamess. I really didn’t like this at all. The film introduces quite a few heavy themes – mental health, child abuse, children having to care for their parents – but it doesn’t really say anything worthwhile about any of them. I get the feeling this was intended to be something a lot more meaningful, but what it’s ended up as is just a series of cheap jump scares loosely connected to a crap story.

A lot is very poorly written, in particular the dialogue. It’s a credit to Jesse Plemons and perhaps a discredit to the writers that for a lot of it I couldn’t tell whether his character was supposed to be disinterested or if he just couldn’t give any less of a shit about what he was being asked to perform. I wouldn’t blame him if it was the latter. The characters are also a problem, with a policeman deciding two missing people (a senior teacher and a child from the same school) are merely a coincidence before he even considers investigating either case, and a teacher who prefers to stalk her students rather than formally raising her safeguarding concerns.

In attempting to introduce its themes without any idea of why, there’s a few questionable implications too. For example, a conversation between a policeman and his sister seems to imply that you should be arrested for showing depressive or suicidal tendencies. The film then goes on to conflate mental health issues with child abuse too. Overall, just a bad bad film.

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