Into the Forest

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"Hope is power"
  • R
  • 2016
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 5.8  (22,034)
  • 59

Into the Forest is a post-apocalyptic drama film that was released in 2015. The movie follows two sisters named Nell and Eva, played by Elliot Page and Evan Rachel Wood, who live with their parents in a remote forest house in the Pacific Northwest. The world is in a state of decline and their only connection to the outside world is through their father's radio. The movie is about their struggle to survive through this catastrophic situation and their growth as individuals as they are forced to rely on each other.

The first act of the movie sets up the overall mood and the state of the world. It is a slow burn; the audience gets to know the characters, their daily routine, and their relationship with each other. The father is a former university professor, who has stocked up on supplies and books for a potential apocalypse. The girls are tech-savvy, with Nell being a computer programmer and Eva being a dancer. The movie shows their world being turned upside down when a power outage hits the entire region, followed by a complete communication blackout. When their father goes to town to obtain supplies and doesn't return, the sisters are left to fend for themselves.

As the movie progresses, we see the sisters forced to face many challenges. For example, Nell and Eva struggle with the basics of survival, such as finding shelter, food and water. They begin to run out of food and are forced to turn to the forest for survival. They learn to hunt, scavenge and protect themselves from animals and potential intruders. The audience is also shown how the lack of power and communication affects their emotional well-being. The absence of phones and the internet leaves them completely in the dark about their father, and each day becomes a battle to maintain hope.

The performances of the lead actors are commendable. Elliot Page portrays Nell, a reserved and introverted person, who is hesitant to take risks. Her character arc is notable as she slowly learns to take initiative and becomes more independent. Evan Rachel Wood's portrayal of Eva, the elder sibling, is impressive too. Her character is more outgoing and adventurous. As the movie progresses, she is forced to take care of her sister and becomes more protective.

Max Minghella also delivers a commendable performance as Eli, a young man who stumbles upon Nell and Eva whilst they are in the forest. Eli becomes an important character as he provides companionship for the sisters and is instrumental in their survival.

The cinematography is also a highlight of the movie. The lush green forest is stunning; it creates a beautiful backdrop to the daily struggles of the sisters. The camera work is breathtaking, especially when they are on their scavenging expeditions. The entire movie has a naturalistic vibe that perfectly captures the essence of the post-apocalyptic world.

The movie has its flaws too. Some of the characters could have been fleshed out more, and a few scenes drag on longer than necessary. However, these issues don't detract from the overall quality of the film. Into the Forest is a must-watch for those who enjoy character-driven dramas and the post-apocalyptic genre. The film perfectly captures the essence of survival, hope, and human bonds in a world that is crumbling. It is an emotional and realistic portrayal of how people may react during such situations, and the message is potent. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys quality cinema.

Into the Forest is a 2016 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8 and a MetaScore of 59.

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