Eli

A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he's living in is haunted.
Big Plot Twist
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
2018
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Cultists: 
Clubbist
Guru
Worshipper
Relative: 
Mother
Father
Trickster: 
Lurer
6
Sick and twisted!
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
3
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
You wouldn’t want to be Eli. He has auto-immune disorder, is bullied by rednecks, and he just set foot in a large sanitized house with his parents that happens to be haunted. Kid in a bubble, bullies, large sanitized haunted house; the screenwriters have been busy! This film is one subplot away from chaos, but big bucks were invested in it, and it ended up fine.
The cast is strong. This is Lili Taylor’s nth haunted house movie. Charlie Shotwell plays Eli. We care and worry for his character, so he must be doing something good. Kelly Reilly looks genuinely sad, at all times. Max Martini, on the other hand, doesn’t give a fuck. Sadie Sink’s character doesn’t really make sense in this context, but she’s a good actress.
The first problem with this film arises when ghosts show up. From then on, it’s one cliché after another. The second problem is insurmountable and has to do with the reason this film is so damn complicated. So, on one hand, you’ve got a cookie-cutter ghost story; on the other, a bunch of convoluted subplots and twists we couldn’t have possibly predicted.
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