I’ve mentioned this before in some of my previous book reviews, but I am an absolute sucker for a good ghost story; as such, the same can be said for ghost movies as well. The problem is that they seem to be few and far between. With modern-day films about ghosts, we many times get rehashed genre staples that don’t break any new ground. Fortunately, THE UNBROKEN does not adhere to that description. Although not perfect, this film does entertain, if you can make your way through it.
If you are not familiar with THE UNBROKEN, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Inception Media Group press release:
Sarah Campbell has to start her life over again after a messy divorce leaves her broken, lost, and alone for the first time. After moving into a neglected apartment, strange things begin to happen including visions of a little boy in the mirrors. Passing them off as her “crazy imagination”, things intensify when she starts to have nightmares of torture by a “shadowy figure”. As her dreams become more vivid, so do her encounters with the ghostly child who begins to terrorize her and cause “accidents” wherever she goes. Through an encounter with her charming neighbor, Sarah realizes that he may be the “shadowy figure” that she has been dreaming about…and that the little boy may be a messenger from the other side with a horrifying secret…
I have to tell you up front that it was sorta difficult for me to get through the first 3/4 of this film. Overall, the movie is pretty well done…but the acting started bugging me pretty quickly into it. This is particularly true for the character of Tommy, portrayed by Patrick Flanagan. Whether it is his acting style or the scriptwriting, the dialogue he presents just seems forced and unrealistic.
But, THE UNBROKEN does keep you intrigued enough along the way to look past that. The mystery that Sarah instantly becomes involved with is interesting and kept me guessing right up to the end. No matter what I thought was happening in the film, I was wrong, and it was a nice twist at the end that made me smile in appreciation.
The film is shot well and the special effects look pretty good, especially considering the lower-ended budget. The acting, as mentioned above, is where the film stalls for me, though. I would not consider it to be enough of a deterrent to keep you from watching the film, but I do have to warn you in advance not to expect Oscar-worthy performances.
Still, if you can find the will-power to muster through THE UNBROKEN, the ending should justify your time (for the most part). I’m going to give a neutral recommendation on this one, however, because some folks may not want to devote an hour and 40 minutes to this. But I enjoyed it and am glad I fought to the end. The film is available now on DVD and VOD.