Nun Movie Review
September 8, 2018
The Nun, a horror movie released September 7, was full of suspense and included a few jump scares. The movie made about $336.1 million at the box office over the month and a half after it was released. It was directed by Corin Hardy, who was debuted in 2015 when he directed another horror movie, The Hallow.
The Nun has a plot that leads directly into the plot of The Conjuring and has a direct relation to The Conjuring 2, Annabelle: Creation and a bunch of other prequels and sequels involving the same origins. Overall, the entire Conjuring series has made about $1.55 billion in total worldwide. James Wan, a director from both conjurings, explained when talking about the future of The Nun, “I do know where potentially, if The Nun works out, where The Nun 2 could lead to and how that ties back to Lorraine’s story that we’ve set up with the first two Conjurings and make it all come full circle.”
This movie was beautifully filmed and had realistic looking props and a lifelike set, but the plot left much to be desired. It was hard to follow and the backstory was confusing and barely touched on. The jump scares were predictable, but the way it was shot made up for some of the confusion around the storyline. “It was terrifying, but there was like no plot,” student Ana Jankovic commented, “…there were a lot of jumpscares, the nun is freaking creepy.”
It focused on a miracle-hunting priest with a dark past played by Demián Bichir, a young nun played by Taissa Farmiga, and a local man played by Jonas Bloquet sent to check on an abbey in Romania after a recent tragedy. They investigate the abbey only to find the dark secrets hidden within it, eventually overcoming the demon but leaving with a little bit of it as well. The nun is a demon named Valak who is seen throughout The Conjuring movies. Valak was taken from an idea in mythology. Since this movie is rated R it’s not recommended that you take small children to this movie, for good reason too. The blood and gore in this movie is minimal but could be disturbing to young audiences who probably won’t be able to follow the religious messages and dark themes as well as the plot.
The trailers from this movie lead the viewers to believe this movie is based on true events but that isn’t true. The abbey, one of the oldest known buildings of that style in Europe, used to be run by Cistercian monks back in the 1950s. The castle looking building attracts a lot of tourists because of the rumor that it’s haunted, but not for the same reason The Nun makes it out to be. Legend says the monks that used to live there and are buried there still haunt the place.
In conclusion, The Nun is a pretty good movie. It focuses on how there is strength in what you believe and what you can overcome by finding the strength within.
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