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Into the Forest
Set in the near future, this apocalyptic drama follows two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) who live in the Pacific Northwest with their kindly father, Robert. Nell is focused on...  View more >

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Oct 17, 2017
I like apocalypse movies, as they can show an alternate version of our current reality. Into the Forest appears to take place a little into the future (based on the tech devices being used), but basically, it could be the present day.

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood play sisters who live with their father in the Pacific Northwest. Much like teenagers of today, their lives revolve around technology and the internet being as available as electricity, so when they lose their internet connection, and electricity, they show a reasonable amount of disorientation. That concern is nothing compared to what they experience when they discover that the problem is widespread due to some unknown issue, and it's not likely to improve very soon.

This transforms the story into a survival movie. There are no zombies waiting in the shadows, but something much worse is coming; desperate people that lose their manners and start thinking only of themselves. The situation worsens when their father is critically injured and the sisters are on their own.

Page's bookish character actually rises to the occasion while Wood's character begins to crumble. They act like sisters, so their interactions are very believable. Watching them handle days that turn into weeks and months is interesting, but then the final act isn't able to finish the job started by what came before. Their final decision comes just a little too rashly and suddenly for my taste.

It's this lackluster ending that keeps the movie from being more enjoyable, but it's still worth watching. I caught this on a streaming service and it's worth checking out that way.

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