I know, I know. I’m late to this party. This was done on purpose. I had heard a lot of conflicting opinions about this flick and in all honesty I wasn’t too drawn to giving it a shot.
Sure, the premise sounded enticing enough: a young woman suffering from grief decides to go on a trip to Sweden with her awful boyfriend and his group of friends only to be dragged into a harrowing pagan ritual. I think what turned me off the most was the hype. I hate to be that way because I know many movies are hyped up for good reason – because they deserve the recognition. I finally gave in last Friday night and decided to truly give this movie a fair chance.
First I found it to be an interesting beginning showing ol’ Christian being Boyfriend of the Year discussing break-up plans because he was tired of how emotional and “clingy” Dani is when it comes to her worry over her sister’s mental illness. He is obviously fed up with having to comfort her in these situations, but makes no moves in communicating to her his concerns. When her sister actually does follow through with her murder/suicide threat, Dani is thrown into grief that I felt was actually portrayed extremely well. After only a few months, Christian and the boys decide that they will be taking a bro trip to Sweden. Christian’s big solution in maintaining a relationship that he doesn’t truly want to continue is to invite Dani along, not thinking she would actually accept. Of course, she does accept and thus we are quickly transported to the distant land where the midnight sun disorientates everyone far less than the herbs and mystical tonics being passed around.
What happens over the next two and a half hours is the unfolding of life within a secluded, pagan cult during their most sacred rituals. We witness each event and the strange behaviors from our group of travelers and the members. From learning about the life cycle and how they *ahem* control their end of life, each moment becomes increasingly alarming to Dani. Then members of their party begin to go missing. By the end of the festival (sorry, I’ll try to keep things vague in case you are also a movie watching procrastinator and don’t want the major spoiler) our girl finally gets the break through that she deserves… however twisted it is.
Ultimately, I found the movie to be a great attempt at creating horror in the light of everlasting day. I loved how bright and welcoming the scenes were. I loved how it gave another direction in what a horror can be. But I felt it did not do enough in giving background to the cult itself. I would have liked to have more insight into the history – why have they done this, where did it originate? Yet I feel as though part of the mystery is that these people have never known anything different and blindly follow tradition without question. And that in itself is a fine bit of horror telling.
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