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Relic

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6.01 h 29 min2020X-Ray18
A deeply unsettling psychological horror, Relic is the unforgettable debut feature from writer and director Natalie Erika James who brings a fresh and profoundly human twist to the genre.
Directors
Natalie Erika James
Starring
Emily MortimerBella HeathcoteRobyn Nevin
Genres
SuspenseDramaHorror
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Producers
Jake GyllenhaalRiva MarkerAnna McLeishSarah Shaw
Studio
Signature Entertainment
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3.7 out of 5 stars

1845 global ratings

  1. 36% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 23% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 10% of reviews have 1 stars
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AngieBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 November 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing!
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I hate formulaic Hollywood horror films filled with jump scares so I was really looking forward to watching this, especially as it's had great reviews. The trouble is, I wouldn't exactly call it a horror film. It's more like a family drama with special effects, a metaphor for ageing and deterioration - mentally and physically. The 'when you get old you rot' metaphor is kind of rammed down your throat from start to finish - rotting fruit in a bowl, mould creeping up the walls, messy, dusty rooms filled with boxes and junk, along with a bit of body horror in case you haven't already got the message. It's grubby, (very) slow building and has a scene towards the end that was downright nasty, given that we know what the film is really about. Not my cup of tea!
10 people found this helpful
LurchiblesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not for everyone - asks a lot of the audience
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It’s good psychological horror, where symbolism and the meaning behind what’s represented visually is more important than a coherent plot. Some people won’t like that, as the film asks quite a lot of the audience. It asks you to look at what’s being presented, and do your own work to link together symbolism with the story.

It’s comparable to the Babadook, as they’re both Australian Psychological Horror films with strong female leads. And also because the Babadook asked us to do the same. That film asked us to look beyond the monster and see the symbolism and the grief; just like Relic.

If you want straightforward horror; then avoid. If you like films that make you think, then check it out. It’s 2020 anyway, so it’s not like there’s much else new to watch!
10 people found this helpful
Harmony KentReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Save your money and your minutes
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Great premise and beginning, but went nowhere. Total waste of money. Don’t bother. Utter rubbish with no resolution or proper ending. I would return the digital purchase would Amazon allow, but of course, nowhere near the return policies on ebooks and audiobooks, ha ha. Not worth the hour-and-a-half viewing time.
7 people found this helpful
andyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Was it the transfer?
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Review for the DVD of "Relic" (ASIN: B08MWB4XGQ).

I am tempted to award "Relic" one star, but am reluctant to do so because there are far too many one star reviews on the basis that the reviewer simply didn't find it interesting and stating something like "Boring" or "Waste of money" etc.

Well "Relic I would say is neither or those two things but (and here's my problem with "Relic"). If the director wanted the film to look like what I was looking at, then definitely two stars and probably only one star from me.

Now I know there are people who will say that where a review such as this is concerned that it should be about the film and nothing else, but I'd have to disagree (as I have stated the format and the ASIN quite deliberately at the start of the review).

What I was looking at, was for much of the film - hardly anything, that is to say there was hardly anything discernable on the screen. If a light was put on in the house it looked like it illuminated the room about as much as if one lit a match. The few scenes that were outside were also very dull (brightness- wise).

Within a few minutes of starting to watch the film, I switched the lights of and watched the film in a darkened room (much like what was shown on screen for most of the film!).

So, did director Natalie Erika James intend "Relic" to look like what I was looking at? Well I've since looked at a trailer on IMDb and on Google and yes it would seem that what I saw was how it was meant to be.

Before anyone says I should in that case have watched a trailer, well I prefer to know as little as possible about a film, often attracted to it because of the cast or director etc and that was the case with "Relic" as in Emily Mortimer being in the cast. Maybe though, if you are thinking of watching this film you might want to check out a trailer.

As for the film well it's a shame because better lit it would have been an easier film to follow for me and probably more enjoyable and possibly in line with all those five star reviews from the likes of "The Observer" and "The Daily Telegraph" as quoted on the cover of the DVD.

On the DVD (ASIN: B08MWB4XGQ) you get:

"Relic" (1 hour 29 minutes)
Scene Selection
Set Up:
Surround Sound 5.1, Stereo 2.0
Optional English Subtitles
5 people found this helpful
SomeBuyerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 November 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of Time
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A load of sound effects and the usual cliche try and get you to jump cut scenes.
The story itself has no depth and is pretty far fetched in some cases. The lady is busy doing dusting about the house and totally ignoring the growing blotches of mold, no one that is as anal to dust a counter top would be able to ignore mold...
Like another reviewer said, its like a bad family drama with no real story depth.
5 people found this helpful
G.J.R.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 January 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great film, poor Bluray
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I wont critic the film here apart from saying I could of really enjoyed it but for the truly appalling bluray transfer.
This has got to be the worst I have ever seen. The false contours in the dark scenes were overwhelming, I spent the first twenty minutes trying to adjust the picture on my TV. In all honesty you would be better off just streaming it. I've seen better picture quality on dvd rips on YouTube.
The company that put this out should be ashamed of themselves. I dont usually review films, but I felt I had to say something in this case. Interesting film spoiled by terrible transfer.
4 people found this helpful
JennyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Possibly one of those 'so profound' horrors
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This film, about a grieving widow who goes missing for days, reappears, and is acting odd has a decent atmosphere but ultimately it's a bit disappointing. The best thing about the film is the acting and the atmosphere but the story is just confusing. This film has been compared to The Babadook, a film I disliked because I don't like the whole 'is-it-really-a-paranormal-entity-or-something-about-mental-illness' film. Why reinvent the wheel? We already have psychological horror.
It seems the viewer is meant to think about the trials of old age, dementia, grief and ask themselves is there really any outside force? Well, all very good but it doesn't make satisfying viewing. Too many questions. The ending was just plain weird and I personally would rather know what was happening.
3 people found this helpful
DOWReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Just awful.....
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Thus film made me so sad. Well shot, good effects, good acting, in fact everything was good....apart from the story and basic premis.

So, SPOILER ALERTS before we continue but there's no way I can review this without saying about it.

Basically the film is about alzheimers. And the daughter and grand daughters struggle to deal with it. Which is fine, great premis for a film.... it this is billed as a horror film and whilst I get the film images are basically metaphors for the struggle and hardship they can't be metaphors when they are there and real and visual. Jsut makes a confusing and in the end disappointing and utterly nonsense film. I won't ruin the end completely but I dare you to watch right to the end and think dn feel that it makes sense and is a good film.... I'd love to see the director remake this film as is it with a real horror story line as it could be amazing.
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