Thursday, 14 April 2016
THE FOREST 
Natalie Dormer plays duel roles as a twin that sets out to Japan in search of her sister who went missing in the infamous Aokigahara forest, known mostly for being a popular site for an uncanny number of suicides.
It's an interesting setting (if not a wee bit insensitive to it's past) but unfortunately it doesn't do a whole to make the best of the creepy atmosphere that was handed to the film-makers on a silver platter. There's plenty of lazy plot unfolds, sloppily written character choices and a large abundance of tired "scares" that come at all the predicted beats.
At least composer Bear McCreary's excellent end credits cue is worth sticking around for.
1 ranger station out of 5