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Horns (2013) – Starts of promising, Ends in a huge Disappointment

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Category: Drama/ Mystery/ Fantasy
Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham, David Morse, Michael Adamthwaite, Nels Lennarson, Don Thompson, Jay Brazeau, Alex Zahara, Kendra Anderson

Duration: 120 min
Rated: R

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Long Story Short:
After being accused for his girlfriend’s gruesome murder, a man grows horns and realizes that they give him the power to find the person responsible for the death of the love of his life.

Review:
I was looking forward to see Horns, mainly because I loved the whole idea of it, and was excited to see Daniel Radcliffe in a movie that actually takes place at present times. Little did I know that this was going to be the biggest disappointment I had in a while.

The movie starts very odd and the script feels very cartoony especially the dialogues, but since the plot was interesting I was willing to overlook that. After 30 minutes I got frustrated with the main character and how he doesn’t use his “powers” in a smart way, but instead, runs around without a clue, transforming from what I thought was going to be the hero of the story, into an annoying cry baby.

This genre is definitely not Alexandre Aja’s strength, he should stick with directing horror movies. While this movie is advertised as a horror mystery it is more of an intense mystery drama with a few comedic elements. The acting seems forced and lifeless. There are no emotions, nor motives given to the characters, which is why they seem constantly confused, and at the end when the final showdown was supposed to happen, I was not even surprised that it fell flat.

The entire time I kept wondering if the book the movie is based on is just as bad. It was written by Stephen King’s son, so I would have expected something different.

I wouldn’t know who to recommend this movie to. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t even know what to compare it with. I felt sorry for all actors involved since none of them couldn’t really show what they are capable off. Daniel Radcliffe to me is like Kristen Stewart: While I think he is good actor, it seems hard to find the right character for him to play due to his one dimensional performances. But maybe he hasn’t been given the right script yet.

Rating: 4/10

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  1. You know when someone sees something gross and they warn you not to look so you won’t be horrified but then curiosity gets the better of you… that is this movie for me… I can’t help it… I just gotta see it… well eventually… though I definitely want to read the book… but I love how you can’t even compare it to any other movie… that’s not good…

    • I know exactly what you mean. Like a car wreck, everyone tells you to not watch it but you do it anyway. I felt that way with many movies! 🙂 With low expectations there might be a chance you will think it is oaky. I just couldn’t get into it after being so intrigued by the trailer.

      • well I’ve at least decided against reading the book… checked it out and it just doesn’t seem like the best… even though it has a lot of high ratings… the low ones were the sort you can’t ignore… and while I don’t mind watching a possibly sucky movie… the amount of time you have to put into reading means I’m not gonna risk wasting it…

  2. Thanks for the review! I will have to check this out soon, see what I think. It’s been on my most anticipated list for quite some time now, so let’s see what I think.

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