Overrated and overhyped
i must have seen a different film!!
I liked how the movie began, very good characters, especially the sisters. They kinda saved the movie with their acting performance, so that it's still worth a watch. There are some very great emotional scenes. With the story, i expected more, especially at the end. I was waiting for the great finish or the big ending but it sadly never came. The movie probably is not so realistic, but for me it's a movie and i don't need it to be realistic, for that i can watch a documentary about survival if need be. All in all not a bad movie but neither a great one.+ Great Acting
Although the movie seems to have a pro-life undertone, it was quite good. The movie portrays a close-enough-to-realist take on the post apocalyptic genre, without an actual apocalypse. The movie relates emotions and the actresses did a great job.
I might be sticking my neck out and going against the stream; but this grabbed me, held me, and passed before I was ready.
I'd checked out the IMDB reviews before watching this on BBC iPlayer, and almost didn't watch. I'm glad I took the gamble, this was and IS a fantastic story on so many levels. I'm watching it again as soon as I've written this.The performances are true, I totally sympathised with the characters. There's an easy, laconic unraveling of the story. We're definitely made to think. A lot of the clues about the disintegration of society are subtle, every day events. I found it rather pleasing that the Writers/Director (Jean Hegland, Patricia Rozema) give us the credit of being able to think for ourselves without making things too obvious. The house itself becomes a metaphor for society, so we can track it's metamorphosis, degradation and death knowing this is happening to everyone, everywhere.TRYING TO GIVE A BROAD PICTURE WITHOUT SPOILERS (cover your eyes);Nell (Ellen Page) is little sister, cosseted and nurtured by Dad (Kallum Keith Rennie) and much bigger sister Eva (Evan Rachel Wood). She is destined to live a comfortable life, apart from the gap year travelling the world or in The Peace Corp (I made that last bit up, she doesn't, but you get the picture). They live in a gorgeous, all mod cons and tech house in the forest three days walk from town. Not a problem with a 4x4 and plenty of petrol, a big deal without them.
A minor setback becomes an all encompassing disaster; a small power cut drags out becoming a national (and possibly global) emergency, slowly eroding a rural society and its access to all of the modern comforts that were taken for granted like full petrol pumps, the internet and bulging supermarket shelves.
There's an unfortunate accident that leaves both sisters in limbo not really knowing what to do or how to get by. Starvation is a real threat, the girls are totally isolated and just floundering. However Nell starts to rise to the challenge forced by hunger to dig deep and tap into that survival instinct. The one inherited from our ancestors; thousands of generations of hunter gatherer survivors. Slowly the girls learn how to use the forest and realise they're surrounded by an abundance of food and everything they could need, Starvation needn't be an option anymore. The self sufficiency continues, the girls actually start to thrive, although totally isolated, they are almost content. But, as always, it's not to last, dastardly 'modern man' almost destroys the idyll. Although his interference is brief he inadvertently begins the new chapter for humanity, setting in motion events that allow the girls to cut their ties with the past and all of its modern ills, and embrace the new world with a sense of purpose...This is a film for thinkers, not a jack hammering compilation of steam punk violence or fake morality where 'the good guys' always win and the bad guys always die in regret. If you need to be told what to think and want instant gratification, then you might not enjoy Into The Forrest at all. If you have an inquiring mind and like independent non Hollywood style films, then I think you'll like this, a lot. I can't be that wrong, can I?
Two sisters (aged 17 to 20 years) live quietly and comfortably with their father, residing in a house inside a forest. The family commutes to the nearest city daily so as to buy groceries, go to school etc. Suddenly one night there is a power break and electricity is completely shut down. Soon it becomes clear that the problem affects the whole country but no explanation is provided by the authorities. Power is not restored and the family has to cope with the new situation.This is an interesting movie that deals with the end of a world and its way of life. At least the world that we are used to live until now: namely, the world based on electricity, high technology, electric and electronic appliances. The movie tries to answer the question: what are the consequences to society of the sudden 'death' of such world? on the small community? on the family? How this affects peoples lives ?Do not expect any big special effects. Events unfold in certain locations around the three family members. No big groups of people are shown, neither any catastrophic events are depicted in the screen. I found the film clever with a mature story line, a bit slow moving but in a manner that is neither boring nor predictable. The relationship between the sisters is pivotal in the film.I would have rated the film slightly higher if not for the last 5 minutes. The film takes a turn to something that was just not necessary at the time. Sometimes decisions like that are taken after much longer times, when practically needed and there is no viable alternative.