Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston
It's unfortunate that Hollywood has managed to focus so much
on serialized horror schlock that's neither scary, original,
well-acted or even well-filmed over the past twenty to thirty
years. It's so rare to see a good ghost story, that when one
does come out, you often owe it to yourself to see it. Such
is the case with The Others, which instantly places
itself in a rare class with the likes of The
Haunting and The Changeling.
Nicole Kidman plays Grace, a deeply religious and highly
protective woman, who watches over her children, stricten
with a light-sensitive disease, in their fog-enshrouded English
home. When three strangers turn up to fill positions in the
home, a series of events start to unfold that deteriorate
their quiet conservative life into the odd mystery that surrounds
While I've never been a fan of Kidman's works, in this film,
she's magnificent. In fact, the whole cast is spectacular.
Kidman is excellently convincing as the strict mother whose
world slowly falls apart as the haunting of the mansion grows
and she's forced to realize what is going on. The script and
photography are excellently shaped. The film has a slow pace,
but to successfully tell a story like this, rushing through
would only serve to lessen the impact and ruin the build-up.
The Others brings across a wonderfully crafter ambiance
and pace that makes the experience well worth the time. There
are so few good ghost stories on film, but when one does come
along, like The Others, you should make the time to
watch it. Unless you're looking for dead bodies and a quick
fix, check The Others out. You won't be disappointed.