Hurt doesn't cut it
Hurt is the classic story of a somewhat dysfunctional family taking in
a new young member and from that point, things go wrong. Several movies
have followed this basic formula but what makes Hurt slightly special
is that director Barbara Stepansky wraps this film in drama and
mystery. Just what is going on in this family, who is responsible for
Unfortunately, Stepansky's attempts to hold out on us are only
frustrating, as the "revelations" that come later are not satisfying or
surprising to us. As for the dramatic side of this story, I appreciated
the attempt but the direction, writing and cast were poor enough that
it was impossible to be emotionally involved in his mess.
I still applaud the attempt to mix a traditional horror/thriller
Hollywood plot with an indie drama. Some of the shots were nice and the
soundtrack (not the film score) was interesting and provided some mood.
But in the end, this film is a mess..
First, I disagree with the people that compare this to Orphan. This
movie is about a lonely child with completely different motives than
the girl in Orphan. In this movie, there is a car accident in which the
father of the family dies. This forces the family to have to movie in
with the Uncle. They are moving from a nice house to a ramshackle house
in the middle of a junk yard. Before his death, the father had taken
pity on a young girl being abused by her mother and was applying for
guardianship of her. After his death, the lawyer called the wife and
asks her if she is still willing to take the child in. After meeting
the girl, she agrees. Her daughter is not too thrilled about it, but
the brother seems to work hard at being a brother to her..