A Throwback Thriller

Greta, 6.8/10, is full of suspense, tenacious, hair-raising fun that at times can be a little over-the-top. All of these factors, however, contribute to making Greta thoroughly entertaining. Although the film was slightly spoilt by the trailer that reveals a little too much, Greta still makes for a ruthless game of cat and mouse.

When Frances McCullen (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a handbag on the subway, her sense of goodwill comes to the surface when she decides to return the lost property to its owner. A blossoming friendship quickly takes a turn for the worse when lonely widowed Greta Hideg’s (played by Isabelle Huppert) darker agenda comes to fruition.

Huppert plays Greta extremely well as physically, she isn’t someone who should typically scare. In spite of this, she possess a subtle eeriness that is spine-tingling, similar to a pot of boiling water always on the brim of overflowing. This factor kept me anxious throughout and upon leaving the cinema, I couldn’t help but check over my shoulder fearfully. The film itself treads on a very thin line of tone and leaves a final product that doesn’t take itself too seriously but that doesn’t deteriorate from the film. As the layers of intensity increase, the narrative itself is carried a little by the acting performances of its two leads. By no means is this film perfect or any where close to being so but it is entertaining and serves its purpose of its genre. I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable and full of suspense Greta was. If you get the opportunity to watch Greta, I would say it would be well worth your time.

Picture: 6/10

Sound: 8/10

Narrative: 6/10

Acting: 7/10

Originality: 6/10

Entertainment (of its genre): 8/10

Overall rating….. 6.8/10

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