The Disappointments Room
Oh yeah, we know the type. September and January releases are generally known as movie dump months, after a busy period of cinema releases. A lot of the films released in this time period are films studios just needed to stick in to release. Generally these films are not good. The Disappointments Room does not go against the mold. After I watched the film I was kind of hoping I didn’t as it pretty much offered nothing worthwhile during its entire duration.
The film is about a mother (played by the lovely Kate Beckinsale), her son and husband who move into a house where creepy occurrences take hold. She soon discovers a “disappointments room” in the attic where children with special needs or deformities were locked up. The spirits of the past start haunting her and she has a hard time separating reality from this new world she unlocked. Its a typical horror premise. Can I even call this horror? There isn’t one scare in the film. Nothing that will stay with you. There aren’t even any jump scares. In this day and age you’d expect something startling from a horror film but nothing really ever comes. As the film progresses you want to stomach less and less of it. If you’ve seen as many horror films as I have, you want something original, ambitious, or frighteningly entertaining. Unfortunately, this rarely happens.
I love Kate Beckinsale. She’s an ageless beauty who I love watching on screen. I’d say she’s the only reason you’d want to check this film out. She needs to pick better stuff for herself. She’s been in some bad stuff but shes just wasted here. The guy who played her husband seemed like a caricature, his line delivery seemed so forced. He was basically the prototypical husband who doesn’t see whats going on. Lucas Till was an entirely useless and creepy in the wrong kind of way character. I don’t like the idea for the film but there could have been better delivery. Wish-washy editing of a bunch of “scary” images jumbled together is not enough to be memorable.
I know its my fault for getting sucked into this (damn you sexy Kate Beckinsale!) but as an avid film lover I’m always willing to give everything a chance in search of finding an inspired work. There’s no inspiration here. Just a tired picture filled with nothing essential. You’ll find scarier things in your day to day life than this mediocre effort. Skip it. There’s too many puns I can do with the title of this film to convey how bad it is but I’ll save you all the torture.