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The Banishing

4.51 h 37 min202113+
In the 1930s, a young reverend and his family move into a manor with a horrifying secret.
Christopher Smith
Jessica Brown FindlayJohn HeffernanJohn Lynch
English [CC]
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Sean Harris
Maya AmsellemLaurie CookSharon HarelJason Newmark
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3.4 out of 5 stars

382 global ratings

  1. 31% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 27% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 13% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 13% of reviews have 1 stars
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MindpowerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 April 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable and eerie
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I enjoyed the film, though it doesn't quite get going later on how one might expect it to, it doesn't quite gain enough momentum.

That said, it's absorbing, with a nice ghostly storyline and interesting characters including great performances by the leads especially. There are plenty of chilling moments, though there is a scene later on where I felt the visuals were too clear, too 'visible' and not very credible or frightening.

The film is tastefully done with brief, haunting soundscapes which I prefer to a constant barrage of American-style orchestration. The cinematography is brilliant with plenty of ideas and interesting shots, right down to the use of a snooker table, all sorts of dynamics going on.

All in all, if you like a ghost story you'll enjoy this, even if it doesn't quite hit the heights it had the potential to.
2 people found this helpful
Cheryl HanlonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
confusing, cringeworthy, dull
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I really wanted to like this, I really did. But I thought the acting and the dialogue were embarrassingly bad. I found myself picking up my phone and scrolling through Facebook because the pacing was wretched, and things were dragged out without anything becoming clear, and I didn't care anyway!
As a previous reviewer said, the characters were not developed enough for you to feel sympathy for any of them. The bloke playing the occultist was hamming it up horribly and I wanted to boo and hiss every time scary bishop man popped up like a pantomime devil.
Some decent scary bits here and there, but ultimately this could have been a much better film.
3 people found this helpful
kangaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 April 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Spoilers in this so look away if you dont wanna know!! Did not understand this film. Alot of mirrors and monks and muddle plotline. The main theme seemed to be shame is a sin. Dont know who Adies mother actually is??.....Why did Malachi dig the child bones up to give to the german reich??......where did the child bones come from???..... all one big mish mash of mothers,babies and daughters all from different eras. Malachi brought mariannes baby back from where and how could Marianne have a baby cut out of her by the monks in the 15 centuary and is only 11 years film which ended stupid and made no sense at all.
2 people found this helpful
diddsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A tenuous link to Borley Rectory
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I think the poor reviews on this film are down to the Cgi generation i.e. horror must contain ridiculous effects and with plenty of blood and gore, not that this is strictly a horror film more of an atmospheric English ghost story. The story itself is supposedly based on the alleged true story of Borley Rectory, apart from the house being called Morley Manor the rector being called Linus Forster the real rector was called Lionel Foyster his wife was Marriane thats were the similarities end !
The film for me felt disjointed and a little slow and seemed to lose its way at various times, it could have been so much better . If you want a film thats worth watching and factually correct re-Borley Rectory, watch the film Borley Rectory narrated by Julian Sands which stars Jonathan Rigby and Reece Shearsmith an excellent and very clever film.
One person found this helpful
GroovemonkeyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 March 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Atmospheric chiller
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I'm a fan of the director Christopher Smith. If you told me Triangle was the movie Christopher Nolan made in between Memento and Insomnia I'd have no trouble believing it. But this movie falls into the trap of being built round a luke warm screen play. Troubled characters tumble into a house with a troubled past, and there's trouble from the first scene. There's not enough normality to let the characters get grounded and to make sure you care about what happens to them - it's all a bit hysterical. The story itself lacks depth - but the atmosphere is good overall and there are some spooky moments. Sound design was very good too and it's a good looking film. With the same budget, actors and director - this could have been amazing - I blame the writer.
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Miss RoanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Just ok
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A lot of the movie is the mother searching for the girl and repeating ‘Addie, Addie’ again and again. This wasn’t great. The story isn’t particularly engaging and the characters aren’t very likeable (especially the husband). It was just ok, the enjoyment level wasn’t high though.
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Graeme ArcherReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 April 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring and poorly written
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This is sold as a classic English ghost story - it isn't. It's a mess of overlapping themes, including infantile posturing about fascism, which apparently spontaneously popped into view as the only horrible ideology the world has ever seen; how awful the 'Church' is; how badly women are treated etc etc. Every shibboleth is given an airing. As a result of all this infantile posturing the story itself dies a muffled death, with some intriguing ideas (Frank? the priest's frigidity?) left dangling and unexplored. Absolutely loathed it.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Painfully Average... Nothing happens
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The film was okay, started off fairly slow and only really ramped up to second gear.

Every time it could have fired up, it just didn't... It would skip vital scenes and just either tell us what happened or let us assume. Made for a very lack-luster experience.

The film wasn't awful by any means, it's just a very generic and has nothing that separates it from other horrors of this genre.
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