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By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Low-budget Scottish horror has trauma, language, violence.

Movie R 2022 103 minutes
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Competently shot and acted but desperately underwritten, this British psychological horror can't seem to decide what it wants its story to be or what it wants its characters to do. So despite the best efforts of Hughes in bringing life to Eric as he unmoors himself not just from the mainland but also reality, Shepherd leaves us with a jumble of cliches that fail to deliver any drama, shock, or intrigue. The addition of Kate Dickie as a one-eyed ferry operator adds some much needed spice. But she too is let down by obscure dialogue that muffles whatever it is the movie is trying to say.

The cinematography does do a good job of capturing the beauty and the loneliness of Eric's surroundings. But the movie's attempts at subtle scene setting are another missed opportunity, as they're often trampled over by a blaring and unruly score. Presumably the harsh sonic rumblings are supposed to take us inside Eric's head. But they rarely provide more than a headache.

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