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'The Others' surprises with twists and turns


© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 20, 2001

Movie: The Others

Rating: PG-13

[Photo: AP/Dimension Films]
Strange things happen to Nicole Kidman and her two children in The Others.

Summary: A woman and her two children are living in a mansion (post World War II) that was bought by her husband before he went off to the war. Her children, Nicholas and Anne (James Bentley and Alakina Mann), are photosensitive (severely allergic to light), so the family must live their lives by nothing brighter than the light of a candle. After their previous servants disappear without a trace, a new trio arrives to fill the vacancy. Strange things begin to occur. There seem to be others inhabiting their residence. Who or what they are is a big mystery.

My view: This film had a fairly interesting plot. It was full of twists that kept me guessing and made me wonder what was really going on. Nicole Kidman did a very good job playing the role of an overprotective mother, and the children were convincing, too. This movie was pretty good, but not quite satisfying (see below).

Favorite part: The ending of the movie was definitely a jaw-dropper! It capped off this flick in a very unexpected way!

Least favorite part: After hearing all the hype about this one, I was expecting it to be really scary! I was a little bit surprised at some points, but scared, no. My friends Alysha and Lauren were, though.

Recommendations: I'd recommend that parents heed the rating because it is eerie enough to frighten younger kids, along with the fact that it is slow-paced and will probably bore them. I think this movie is about right for ages 13 and up.

Grade: B

- Billy Norris, 13, is in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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