Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Hamiltons (2006)

Title: The Hamiltons
Director: Butcher Brothers (Mitchell Altieri, Phil Flores)
Writer: Butcher Brothers (Mitchell Altieri, Phil Flores)
Starring: Cory Knauf, Samuel Child, Joseph McKelheer, Mackenzie Firgens
Studio: Lionsgate

At first glance the Hamilton's seem to be an ordinary American family dealing with the problems of everyday life. They have begun adjusting to the untimely death of their parents, and are beginning to move on. David Hamilton, the oldest, has taken it upon his shoulders to pick up the responsibility for the orphaned family. Twins, Wendell and Darlene are darker than the other two siblings and have become more conniving in the past few months. The youngest of the family is Francis, who recently found his parents old video camera and has started using it to work on a school project about his family. It's through Francis' eyes that we soon learn more about the Hamilton family and realize that something is not quite right.

The Hamiltons is the kind of movie that doesn't really offer scares, but it is disturbing. You get a weird feeling in your stomach when you watch it and you think to yourself, what are they doing!? That being said, I really enjoyed this movie. The story moves along at a good pace and it kept me interested straight through. The ending is fantastic and I never saw it coming. It's one of those endings that makes you want to go back and watch the movie again as soon as you are finished viewing it for the first time. It's hard to say anything more about this film without ruining a portion of the storyline. That might make for a boring review, but you will thank me once you watch the movie.

Favorite Quote:

Darlene: "Shut up, before I gut you myself!"

RATING: 7.5/10

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