Movie Review: Shut In (PG13)
Critics have been slamming their doors on Shut In, but I rather liked it.
Despite a slow start and being guilty of using jump scares (racoons rattling dustbins, anyone?), it builds up to a thrilling reveal.
Naomi Watts plays widowed child psychologist Mary, the sole carer for her stepson Stephen (Charlie Heaton), who was left paralysed in the car accident that killed her husband. One winter, one of her deaf patients Tom (Jacob Tremblay) disappears after a brief visit to her house, and Mary starts to suspect he has died and is haunting her.
Tremblay got us all trembly as the isolated boy in Room, and he's good as another traumatised kid in Shut In, but hopefully he doesn't need to see a child psychologist of his own after all that.
The violent, tense last act of the film makes up for its initial plodding nature.