Title: ‘The Forest’
Director: Jason Zada
Cast: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney
There are many reasons why most people didn’t like ‘The Forest’. The movie has been accused of whitewashing, mindless exploitation of a real tragedy (the insane number of suicides in Aokigahara forest) and stereotypical portrayal of Japanese people. Apart from ethical issues, though, there is an even more manifest problem with this horror flick: it’s just freaking terrible.
Poorly written and insipidly directed, ‘The Forest’ follows a young American woman as she embarks on a journey to find her twin sister, who went missing in the mysterious and dangerous forest of Aokigahara in Japan. Yes, it’s just as predictable as it sounds. Every single cliché of the genre is neatly displayed for your viewing agony, as the movie drags itself between useless scenes and uninspired jump scares, insultingly unoriginal until the very last frame.
Natalie Dormer is a charming and talented actress, and to be honest she somehow manages to actually sell her character(s), even when her actions don’t really make sense. Hardcore fans of Miss Dormer could give ‘The Forest’ a chance, but let me warn you: it is never fun to endure the sight of our favorite actors wasting their talents in unexcusable films.