A Irish movie shot i Sweden, with a storyline that makes you think of Stephen King's "Pet Sematery", and with a cast that wasn't to bad (on paper). In other words; I thought it would be worth seeing, and it was... kind of.
This movie has some serious issues with credibility. And then I'm not talking about the whole bringing back to life stuff. It's something that you really can't have remarks on when you've desided to watch the movie. No, I'm talking about the reactions of the grown-ups in Wake Wood. I don't know if it's a matter of bad acting, bad directing or a bad script (probably a combination of all three), but it really does bring this movie down, and that by a lot.
With this said I have some good things to say about Wake Wood. I like the roughness of it, I like the enviroments, I like how gory it is and the child actress is quite allright. The story is okey, but the thing that's interesting about it is dragged down by the unrealistic reactions from the people surrounding the little girl. I don't want to spoiler the movie, so i will hold back with examples, and will end by saying that it's watchable. Especially if you enjoy a murderous evil child in your horror flick.
There ar two things that are for certain when you put on a Haneke movie: The first of which is that if you have patience and are observant, it will pay off in the end. And the other thing is that you will have a stomach ache that will keep you from sleeping. "Caché" was a little easier on my stomach then "The Seventh Continent", but the anxiety level in that movie is something special. But lets not talk about that...
... I have a hard time finding the right words in english for how great this truly is. Haneke has a unique ability to get me into a state of zen when it comes to watching movies. It's intence in a subtile way and requires you to be up for some brain workout. In this case the big mystery is who sent those tapes, and until the end I was surten this was some kind of a "the tell tale heart"-kind of story. Maybe it is? Maybe it isn't. It doesn't really matter though. That Caché is open for interpretation only makes it better, and I will surtenly watch it again sometime in the near future.