Dir. Michael Winnick
Reviewer. Martyn Wakefield
There was a time when Jonathan Rhys Meyers sold a film. His name, and looks, bringing in an audience of swooning tweens. Unfortunately since his days as Elvis and a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE cohort, his career has taken a sharp decline but there's an addiction to an actor who is fully committed no matter the film's budget and tuck into a great story telling adventure. Whether it's psychological horror of BLACK BUTTERFLY, the detective noir of AMERICAN NIGHT or a darker side to humanity in THE 12TH MAN, Meyers commitment to keep delivering original stories is something to admire, and DISQUIET is no different.
Unfortunately, it suffers from the same set backs as many of Meyers recent choices to pay the bills and is poorly executed in it's special effects and casting department giving a made-for-tv quality film that needs perseverance to get through. For those invested there's some good to be taken away in a storyline of predictable but no less interesting biblical nature and an ending that deters from the feel good closure it could have befallen.
There are some horrific visuals dotted throughout and with a little extra care on the lesser could have been a more cohesive horror tale but instead becomes a survival film with a scale of acting ability that deters as much as intrigues. At times, there are moments of brilliance, and as the film hits it's final notes, actually comes into its own, the topsy turvy story is predictable early on but the throwaway horror moments are a mixed bag of copy and paste jump scares and badly made up antagonists that show the film's budget and the film suffers as a result.