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Flight Lieutenant Jugg (Twilight's Robert Pattinson), confined to a wheelchair after being wounded in action, arrives at a remote mansion in Wales to recuperate. Suffering from terrible nightmares and visions, he suspects the methods of his psychiatrist, Dr. Hal Burns (Julian Sands). His beautiful aunt, Julia (Rachael Stirling) seems to be the only person he can trust – until circumstances make him doubt even her intentions. Based on the novel "The Haunting of Toby Jugg" by Dennis Wheatley.
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Things that go bump in the night.......
There is no doubt that Robert Pattinson has developed a knack for playing tormented characters and this performance is no different. Initially, you feel some sympathy for the brooding young airman, Toby Jugg, who is paralyzed both by his physical war wounds and the guilt he feels over the bombing runs he has led over Germany. The death of inocent civilians haunts him, keeping him awake at night and necessitating his commitment to a secluded hospital for the mentally troubled. Julian Sands plays the mysterious doctor in charge of the institution with Rachel Stirling as the caring aunt/love interest. However, the plot never quite gets off the ground. No clear cut reason is ever established for the doctor to be manipulating the airman and his phobias. Is it all a plot to steal the girl's affections? Is it all in the airman's mind? Is the kind nurse in on the plot or part of Toby's lmited grasp on reality? The ending is disjointed and unexpected to say the least. It makes no sense since the context has never been defined and the characters never truly revealed. The only key to the mystery is offered by the nurse mid way through the movie when she says "we are all psychotic in some way. It's human nature". All in all a waste of 67 minutes if it were not for the chance to see Robert Pattinson early in the movie at his dark and brooding best.
Obviously low budget
My first thought was what is it with Julian Sands and spiders? Yikes. How far the mighty have fallen since A Room with a View. I have an 11 year old daughter so I have seen everything Twilight, over and over. Robert Pattinson, love him or hate him, is an interesting person to watch. After Twilight I figured he was a good looking guy that couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. But, having read the novels I held back some criticism based on the material he was given. After seeing the New Moon trailer I was convinced my initial view was correct. Not a whole lot of talent just a bit of charism and a good vampiric look. However, in this film he actually had one scene, yes, one only really where he got to act and I was impressed. I believed him and forgot who "he" was for a moment. This does not speak at all well for Ms. Meyer's stilted dialogue but I guess that's no big surprise. She's not writing for my age group anyway. I will continue to give Mr. Pattinson a break in my required attendance at all things Twilight and I hold out hope that he will do better with better material.
Meanwhile, this is so obviously a movie of the week. It's stagey, corny, bad effects, etc. It's too bad because some of the players deserve so much more, especially the actress who protrays the nurse. Silly but not bad for the twiligters who can handle a bit of a gory ending and a couple of fake spiders. Say 12 and up. My 11 year old will think it's stupid but will watch it ten times with her friends. Mild sexuality in that the Pattinson character is paralyzed physically but not mentally. Whatever. I only rolled my eyes about 10 times which is not too bad for a made for TV deal.
I could watch Robert make toast so it's not him. The movie is awful & it really had the potential to be good. New Moon will be out soon and so we can all OD on Robert to our hearts content. Save your 14.99 for popcorn don't waste it on this fleece. This movie should have been 2.99 that's how LAME it is