Review of "This is Our Home” by The Headless Critic
This is Our Home – 2019
Production by: Arminius Films
Distribution by: Uncork’d Entertainment
A struggling couple’s weekend getaway goes awry when in the middle of the night there’s a knock at the door. Reina (Simone Policano) and her husband Cory (Jeff Ayars) are fighting more and more. Their relationship isn’t like it used to be before. They planned a getaway to an isolated house in the middle of nowhere, a place they’ll only have each other to reconnect. From a flat tire on the way there nothing seems to go right. The smallest incident causes them to fight. Then in the middle of the night there’s a knock at their door that will change their lives forever. A young boy Zeke (Drew Beckas) who came from nowhere is claiming to be their son.
Comedy filmmaking duo Omri Dorani and Rob Harmon make their first horror feature together complete with red herrings. The first act is a realistic, suspense thriller that appears to be going the way of a typical home invasion. While the filmmaking shows hints of inexperience, the story captures the audience drawing them into the suspense. Halfway through the film there’s three minutes of total darkness. The film completely changes and all reality is lost. Three minutes of total darkness in a feature film is a bold move that if attempted at all should only be done by the most talented and experienced filmmakers. It doesn’t work here. Every voice added into this film including the conversations in the three minutes of darkness seems completely out of place to the rest of the movie like it was added in the studio after the fact. Which it obviously was but as a viewer I should have never noticed that. It takes the audience completely out of the film.
Is there a message pro or anti-abortion in the little boy knocking at the door? Is there a statement on the psychology of women who have had abortions? I do not know because the film ends without explaining itself. I can appreciate a movie that leaves things open to interpretation but this house doesn't seem to have a descript purpose. What seems like a good idea on paper really gets lost in filming. Perhaps young Drew Beckas’s performance is deliberate but a child his age acting so much younger is the most disturbing thing in the film at all.
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2 out of 5 Headless Critics