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Film Review - The Nun - 2018


Film Review - The Nun - 2018


Title: The Nun

Format: Cinema Language: English Released: 2018

Director: Corin Hardy

Starring: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet


‘The Nun’, a spin-off from the ‘Conjuring’ horror film series, has been placed in the hands of Corin Hardy, director of the rather excellent, ‘The Hallow’. I had high hopes for this as I really do like 'The Hallow', hence spending the small fortune to watch it on the big screen; sadly I was not impressed.


Kicking things off, we are shown a little of the back story and the history of the Nunnery in which the film story would take place. The whole thing finishes with the suicide of a young Nun (no, it's not a spoiler; it’s the opening). Said Nun’s body is found my Jonas Bloquet playing what can only be described as a one dimensional and highly annoying character called Frenchie.


The action then cuts to the Vatican, where Father Burke (Demián Bichir) is instructed to go and find out what is happening at the Nunnery. He links up with Sister Irene and they set off together. The problems for me, start here. I've got to wonder, after getting to the end of the film, once you are shown the so-called twist and have the complete story as well as the timeline, how the Vatican found out about the suicide in the first place? It just makes no sense.

Also, why has Father Burke been teamed up with Sister Irene? Again, there just isn’t a reason for this. Sadly, it’s a dilemma that’s repeated throughout the film, the plot really doesn’t fit together well. I would say that it’s just a series of stuff that sounded like a good idea at the time, half-heartedly slapped together.


‘The Nun’ bumbles along with pointless sequence following meaningless section until the twist comes near to the climax. If you haven’t left by then or fallen asleep (we'll come to that in a minute) you are treated, for lack of a more pertinent term, to an uninspired, colour by numbers, ending.


That’s really all I can say about the story. There is some good stuff here, the film is well made, looks amazing, sounds amazing and it's edited very well, it’s just so very boring. On a number of occasions throughout the film, I found myself almost falling asleep, totally uninterested in the events onscreen. Add to this the mediocre and disappointing performance from the actors, I just couldn’t find a reason to care about any of it. There is little that warrants my time, or money, spent watching ‘The Nun’; and that is disappointing as I do love the ‘Conjuring’ series.



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