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Shut In

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Good cast wasted in violent, emotionally empty thriller.

Movie PG-13 2016 91 minutes
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This shockingly empty thriller has a great cast, but, while delivering its jump-scares, it completely ignores the story's looming, daunting psychological and emotional ramifications. It's difficult to discuss Shut In's biggest failures without giving away the plot, but let's just say that, when all is revealed, most audiences will simply shake their heads in disbelief, rather than clutch their seats in shock.

Otherwise, the movie, directed by Farren Blackburn (of Netflix's Daredevil), goes through the motions of clunky, obvious storytelling, with some clumsy references to The Shining and some sequences in which an ordinary person somehow has supernatural powers, able to sneak up on anyone, instantly, without making a sound. Characters endlessly search for things in the dark, and there are nightmare sequences and a few lazy jump-scares. Watts and Platt, both fine actors, give it their best shot, but you have to wonder why up-and-coming younger actors Heaton (from Netflix's Stranger Things) and Tremblay (Room) ever signed on to so pathetic a movie.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 11, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: February 28, 2017
  • Cast: Naomi Watts , Oliver Platt , Charlie Heaton
  • Director: Farren Blackburn
  • Studio: EuropaCorp
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: terror and some violence/bloody images, nudity, thematic elements and brief strong language
  • Last updated: September 1, 2023

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