ENTITY

3.5 out of 10

REVIEW BELOW

Release Date: 23rd June 2013 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Steve Stone 

Cast: Dervla Kirwan, Charlotte Riley, Branko Tomovic, Rupert Hill, Oliver Jackson and Michael David Worden

Writer: Steve Stone

Trailer: ENTITY

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Dervla Kirwan: Luna, Ondine, Dangerous Parking, With Or Without You, Ballykissangel (TV)
  • Charlotte Riley: In The Heart of the Sea, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (TV), Peaky Blinders
  • Branko Tomovic: Tesla, 24 (TV)
  • Oliver Jackson: Redirected
  • Rupert Hill: Awaiting, Coronation Street (TV), Family Affairs (TV)
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  1. ENTITY – review by Matt “Mother Russia” Usher

    Don’t they teach anyone anything any more? Are the producers of ENTITY genuinely ignorant of the late 1970s Barbara Hershey / Brian da Palma film THE ENTITY? Or are they hoping that people might buy this film by mistake? After all it’s not like ENTITY is a decent or even relevant title for this film. Particularly as the idea of ‘entity’ is neither here nor there. I suppose there’s an entity or two wandering about, but that’s true of every film ever made (except Jarman’s BLUE I suppose). They could have called this COLD GRAVES, THE INSTITUTION, RED DEATH, PSYCHOSIS or DON’T GO INTO THE HAUNTED MENTAL ASYLUM OF DOOM. But no, they chose ENTITY. Why? Having sat through the film I can confirm that I have no idea (unless it’s to try to make us not think of OUTPOST), so I humbly suggest they choose one of the above titles that I’ve just thought of should they attempt a re-release; my fee is modest.

    The slogan on the DVD cover reads ‘Beyond the trees a TV crew will discover an unspeakable evil’. Hmmm, I guess we’ll never know why someone in the publicity department thinks that the trees are significant (they’re not, but they are appealingly bleak and mysterious). But yes, an unspeakable evil has been done. Beyond those trees there are corpses to be found courtesy of the Evil Russian government. So this week our intrepid ill-matched and disposable team of useless experts (see SCINTILLA, OUTPOST and even BASEMENT for variations on this theme) are looking for corpses in a field in Siberia (A Field in Siberia – now that’s a title!). The team comprises a TV crew (might there be a found footage element involved? Of course there is) of three (pretty presenter, sarcastic sound-man, cocky cameraman), a psychic, and the man behind it all who has an agenda which he tries not to reveal until a series of disastrous events means he has to. Will they be picked off one by one by some unseen menace? Of course they will, but admittedly, this one does have a bit of a twist.

    So psychic Dervla Kirwan discovers the spot where the corpses were found (corpses which turn out to be unhappy even after death), which she does without much difficulty because she’s a really good psychic and this is a film which is happy to accept psychic power as being a pretty normal everyday thing (so normal that the Evil Russian Government does psychic experiments on psychic Russians). Branko Tomovich is the secretive expedition leader who already knows everything but has a personal motivation for investigating (it’s a girl of course). Charlotte Riley is the TV personality devoid of personality. The sound chap and cameraman are neither here nor there to be honest, and seem to be there to make the numbers up a bit. Anyway, having found the grave they don’t have much else to do so they find a very menacing-looking big factory-type building, which is clearly some sort of Prison of Despair and Pain. And in they pop for a bit of a gander. It turns out that this is the place where the corpses were kept before being corpses, and where the Evil Russian Government did its terrible psychic experiments on them. And then mayhem and death are unleashed in pretty much the standard way.

    Good use is made of the TV crew’s equipment, in the sense that by and large their cameras and sound equipment are pretty useless and only show scary things. The director maintains a sombre and chilly atmosphere throughout, though the film takes itself too seriously without being serious enough about its subject, which is quite a feat. What I mean is that the film has a backdrop of authoritarian exploitation, but that goes by the wayside in favour of the po-faced ghost story. In other words: yes, governments exploit but never mind here’s something going bump in the night. It’s better than most films of this type, but it can’t disguise the fact that it is a film of this type, so there are no real surprises or differences; it’s simply a textbook example of the ‘bunch of investigators / mercenaries / teenagers go down a hole and find an abandoned top-secret government facility of destruction’ genre. But it gets more interesting as it progresses, the fates of the characters being ambiguous and the action being confusing. There’s some excellent work from the sound department, and an eerie atmosphere, and the performances are convincing across the board. There are things that fans of this genre might like – the downtrodden feel, the interesting resolution, the unremitting grey-green-brown tones (it all looks very foggy and smoggy and generally Soviet). My problem is that it’s just another ‘don’t open that door’ film.

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