A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.
|Release Date||:||March 21, 2008|
|Genres||:||Horror, Mystery, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Regency Enterprises, Vertigo Entertainment, Ozla Pictures, New Regency Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Casts||:||Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, Megumi Okina, David Denman, Eri Otoguro, John Hensley, Maya Hazen, James Kyson, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Kei Yamamoto, Daisy Betts, Adrienne Pickering, Pascal Morineau, Masaki Ota, Heideru Tatsuo|
|Plot Keywords||:||japan, suicide, photographer, honeymoon, nightmare, ghostbuster, ghost world, photography, remake, revenge, road accident, wedding, car accident, spirit, death, ghost, hit by a car, fashion model, shadow, magazine editor|
Why do i do it? I keep complaining about these Asian remakes yet i keep watching them . Maybe i do it so you don't have to , maybe it's because I'm sadistic or maybe I'm just waiting for there to be one that's any good? Whatever the reason one thing that i know is true is that Shutter is worst i have seen yet.
For photographer Ben and his new wife Jane , his new assignment -- a lucrative fashion shoot in Tokyo -- was supposed to be a kind of working honeymoon. Ben and Jane arrive in Japan. But as they make their way on a mountain road leading to Mt. Fuji, their new life together comes to, literally, a crashing halt. Their car smashes into a woman standing in the middle of the road, who has materialised out of nowhere. Upon regaining consciousness after the accident, but they cannot find any trace of the girl .
Shaken by the accident and by the girl's disappearance, they arrive in Tokyo, where Ben begins his glamorous assignment. Having worked in Japan before and fluent in the language, Ben is comfortable there, and he eagerly reunites with old friends and colleagues. Jane feels very much like a stranger in a strange land as she makes tentative, unsettling forays through the city.
Ben, meanwhile, has discovered mysterious white blurs , evocative of a human form , that have materialised on an entire day's work from the expensive photo shoot. Jane's concerns escalate as she believes the blurs in Ben's photos are the dead girl from the road, who is now seeking vengeance for them leaving her to die...
Without watching Shutter you already know the format. Spirits that have pasty faces and fail to recognise the value of the slogan "rest in peace. Shutter is also another "ghost in the machine" story, except this time the machine is a camera.
The trouble is there is absolutely nothing scary about this movie . There is plenty of bangs and crashes and you are bombarded with noise but nothing at all visual that would remotely send a chill down the spine. There is one scene that i liked where the screen went black every few seconds as to imitate the flash of a camera but that is all i cant think of that i can say is good about this film.
The acting is irrelevant because the film is so dull . Fans of The American Office and Heroes might recognise a couple of the cast.
This is the first Asian remake i have seen that hails from from Thailand but it is still the same old dross that has been dished up over the last couple of years . Director Masayuki Ochiai has failed miserably to achieve anything worth while and it's a film that will fade from the memory very fast indeed.
The PG-13 rating says it all, while opening the gates to bored teenagers it will turn hardcore horror aficionados in the other direction.
I don't know about you but i want my Horror movies to be 18 rated and nothing less.
3 out of 10