Sunday, February 14, 2010

THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY

The Haunting Of Molly Hartley Movie Review

The movie starts with a father killing his daughter, explaining he cannot allow her to see her 18th birthday. We flash forward twelve years where we meet Molly Hartley (Haley Bennett), a high school student who has visions of her mother (Marin Hinkle of Quarantine and Two And A Half Men), who has been in an institution since stabbing Molly sometime in the past. A somewhat promising premise soon evaporates into high school drama, complete with the overly religious girl, the rich preppy boy, his jealous ex girlfriend, a rebel girl, et cetera.

Stereotypes

This fills up a large part of the movie and does nothing to advance the story. Finally, toward the end, we find out why Molly is seeing visions of her mother and what happens next, all leading to a very disappointing and nonsensical ending. There are a ton of moments put in the movie to make you jump—you know, the typical cat jumping out, birds flying toward you, all complete with the jarring music. This is effective the first couple times, but because it happens so much you come to expect it, resulting in it just being a distraction. The acting is mediocre to poor with the only real exception being Jake Weber (Dawn of the Dead), who does a fine job as Molly’s dad. This is not a terrible movie but it's certainly not anything I would recommend either.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 4


The Haunting Of Molly Hartley Movie Trailer

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