A relative by-the-numbers horror flick that's elevated by fantastic atmosphere, creepy kids, and some sincere perfomances by it's two leads.
Most of the movie is done on this subdued, sepia-like palette, that looks great, and works well to build the tension slowly. We truly wonder what's going on and why.
I give a lot of credit to both Jessica Chastain and Niolaj Coster Waldau for taking this silly little horror movie seriously, and giving us characters we actually like and care about.
The girls play "creepy little kids" quite well, and considering that was all that was asked of them, they were perfect.
The movie does rely far too much on jump scares and sound cues. You really do see most of it coming.
The final 10-15 minutes drops the subtlety and goes all CG and crazy on us. I understand the ending of any movie has to involve conflict and resolution, but I would have liked something that fits better with the rest of the movie.
Still, considering how many terrible horror movies we're subjected to on a yearly basis, this is a nice surprise. Definitely worth a watch for anyone who likes movies like The Others, The Orphanage, Sixth Sense, etc.