Movie Review – True Nature (2010)

True Nature
Directed by Patrick Steele
Courtesy of Monarch Home Entertainment
Original Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013

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Regardless of how much I love zombies and creature-features, I’m still a sucker for a good supernatural thriller. I love movies with original concepts, especially when they are in the horror genre. TRUE NATURE, a 2013 release from Monarch Home Entertainment, is one of these great films. Chocked full of intensity and intrigue, this film will keep you enthralled right up to the end.

If you are not familiar with TRUE NATURE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Monarch Home Entertainment’s website:

The Pascal family has it all– wealth, power, privilege– but their lives change forever when their daughter disappears one night while running. She mysteriously returns a year later with no memory of what happened. Haunted by nightmares and strange visions that encroach upon her waking hours, Marianne struggles to resume normal life. The “picture-perfect” world the family built starts to unravel as she gets closer to discovering that truth lies somewhere between life and death.

Before I continue, I have to state that I will not be going into great detail about the plot. If I do, I will give certain key elements away, and discovering what is actually going on is part of what makes this film so enjoyable. So, I am going to be very vague when I discuss the actual story.

TRUE NATURE is shot well and looks excellent onscreen. I’m not sure what the budget was for the film, but they used every bit of it wisely. From the sets to the lighting to the special effects, everything looks great.

The acting is also top notch as well. I enjoyed the entire cast, although actress Marianne Porter, who portrays the main character, steals the show. She only has a couple of credits on her IMDB page, but wow…she gives a staggering performance that will leave you in awe. I hope to see more of her in future projects.

The special effects look good as a whole, even if they are CG. There’s not much gore here (a couple of gunshot wounds and some blood-tears), but what we see looks good onscreen. I particularly enjoyed the CGI Effects feature in the Special Features. This shows how they did certain shots and the layers that were used.

But the story in TRUE NATURE is the real winner here. It is very original and suspenseful. I can honestly say I did not see the ending coming. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all.

My sole complaint about the film is the very final scene. I will not go into specifics, but it didn’t make much sense to me. Maybe I simply misunderstood it.

Still…TRUE NATURE is a great film and I highly suggest giving it a look. The film is available now in a variety of formats.


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