“Malignant” Review – Nothing Benign About This Horrible Paranormal Murder Mystery



Madison is crippled by shocking visions of gruesome murders, and her torments escalate when she discovers that those daydreams are in fact terrifying realities.

Sleepwalking and imaginary friends are two things that I never fully understood, but I definitely understood the first and the last when I was a kid. As science postulates why these events occur, and if none of the experiences were really explainable? What if supernatural incidents were as common as rain but we used science to face the unknown? In a world where new discoveries are made daily and history is rewritten as we learn the truth about our past, anything is possible. So don’t think too much about that mysterious flying object, that dark figure in the photo, the red eyes glowing in the dark or the spirits in your house, they are exactly what you think they are.

“You’ve been a bad, bad boy Gabriel.”

Looking for something fresh outside of the horror genre? Well look no further than James Wan’s Smart. This creative, unexpected and deliciously gory film is sure to shock you. There is nothing benign about this horrific paranormal murder mystery. From lighting to cinematography, to the score, you are immersed in a dreadful reality that makes your mind wander. This dark story is told in true Wan fashion. I would love to say that the movie is very unpredictable and maybe it is, but for those who tend to think outside the box, you’ll start to understand it from the first act and predict a lot of what will happen. Nonetheless, it is still very enjoyable and as the story takes an unpredictable turn, there are some scenes that you could never see coming.

Due to some of the comedic and absurd aspects of the story, the film isn’t immensely terrifying but rather falls on the weird side overall. This isn’t a story you have to think too much about, you can just sit back and enjoy the chaotic murderous ride. Because if you think about it too much, there are some things that you will question, at least I did. It’s one of those movies that comes out through dialogue that you think is somewhat meaningless until you watch it a second time. It features characters that you want to easily find and an evil entity with an interesting origin story. There are some subtle comments on body autonomy among a few other topical issues, some of which may have been accidental. Compared to other James Wan films, Smart may not outperform any of them, but it’s a fun watch nonetheless. It contains supernatural feats that shatter bones, shatter necks, and enough blood to fill a tub. Not to mention that he mixes several genres of horror. What else do you want? I had a great time with this film, it is really worth the detour. Its revisibility is high.

ANNABELLE WALLIS as Madison in New Line Cinema, Starlight Media Inc. and the original horror thriller MALIGNANT from My Entertainment Inc., a production of Atomic Monster, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. Photo credit: Ron Batzdorff

Rhythm & Pop

I really enjoyed the pace of the film. There is a perfect balance between horror and crime drama. What really struck me was the unexpected action that would make John Wick and Venom proud.

(Lr) ANNABELLE WALLIS as Madison and MADDIE HASSON as Sydney in New Line Cinema, Starlight Media Inc. and My Entertainment Inc.’s original horror thriller MALIGNANT, an Atomic Monster production, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
Photo credit: Matt Kennedy

Characters and chemistry

While the acting was decent in the movie, I can’t say there were any performances that blew me away, but one stood out. However, this is a film that focuses on the subject and not on the acting. Nonetheless, Annabelle Wallis’ performance as Madison strikes me. Her fear, confusion, and despair throughout the film bring the story to life and bring it to life.

Smart releases September 10, 2021 in theaters nationwide and on HBO Max via their ad-free plan in 4K UHD, HDR10, and Dolby Vision on supported devices; It will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release. Stay safe and enjoy it.

Director: James wan

Writers: James Wan, Ingrid Bisu, Akela Cooper

Producers: James Wan, Michael Clear

Executive producers: Eric McLeod, Judson Scott, Bisu, Peter Luo, Cheng Yang, Mandy Yu and
Lei Han

Rated: R

Duration: 1h 51m

Evaluation: 3.5 out of 5

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