woefully underrated by the critics- 47 on mc but I have it in the archives The critics, rightly so, have a really hard time with some of the hokey courtroom stuff—the film would’ve been better
Certainly borrows equally from the sixth sense and jack clayton’s the innocents from 1961—Kidman, like the Kerr character- dominates the film which is a horror film with a young boy/girl combo Kidman is so genuine
The film starts with two stunner sequences- the car chase and the singin’ in the rain- like tracking shot Influences are a’ plenty from overt ones like goodfellas and fight club to homages to bullet
The first thing to praise is the use of natural lighting and intermixed exterior shots of the garden and house- it’s stunning photography from beginning to end and you need the full film to realize.
Many similarities in the artistic form with both Siegel’s dirty harry (also from 1971) and eastwood’s outlaw josey wales in 1976. All three are shot by Bruce Surtees (lenny 1974) – like Dirty Harry and