Thursday, May 26, 2011

Julia's Eyes (Los ojos de Julia)

Director: Guillem Morales

Starring: Belen Rueda, and Lluís Homar

Hearts pounding, edge of seat, psychological thriller, come horror film produced by Guillermo del Toro. What sets out with all the makings of a grade-A chiller flickers into B movie clichés but is still watchable. When her blind sister dies in mysterious circumstances, Julia (Belen Rueda) decides to investigate. The task is made harder by a condition that is gradually taking away her eyesight. The more she tries to make sense of her sister’s tragic demise the more strange things start happening. The plot is convoluted and along the way we meet a myriad of odd characters, including the suspiciously controlling husband (Lluis Homar), the lecherous neighbor, Blasco (Boris Ruiz) and his reclusive daughter Lia (Andrea Hermosa); as well as Soledad (Julia Gutiérrez Caba), the cat-loving blind lady next door. Belen Rueda is formidable in the demanding role of Julia but the movie is not as good as Wait until dark or Rosemary’s Baby. Still worth a watch.

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