The Forest (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
93 minutes /

User Score: 51/100

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The Forest Review


A woman goes into Japan's Suicide Forest to find her twin sister, and confronts supernatural terror.

The Forest (2016) is an American supernatural horror film directed by the first-time director Jason Zada, who made an incredible effort in executing a movie with high performances. Jason did a phenomenal job choosing the cast for his creepy supernatural thriller that will leave many viewers thinking long after leaving the theater about what they just saw. The movie contains suspense, thrills, identical twin sisters, supernatural, suicides, sitting on the edge of your seat moments, frightening scenes, jump scares and an average plot. There was a nice twist ending, good pace, impressive from the beginning to the end, decent amount of creepy factors and the tension build up receives a thumbs up.

The Forest revolves around Sara Price (Natalie Dormer - Rush (2013), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), HBO’s Game of Thrones) who is a young American female venturing out into the Suicide Forest/ Aokigahara Forest to look for her twin sister. Sara’s sister Jess (Natalie Dormer) visited the Suicide Forest located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan and never returned. Suicide Forest/Aokigahara Forest is known as the spot where people go to commit suicide. Those who enter the forest for other reasons eventually go crazy and most likely end up committing suicide. Sara knows in her heart that her sister is not dead and refuses to believe that she is dead although she has been missing for several days. Sara receives the help of Aiden (Taylor Kinney - Chicago Fire (2012), The Other Woman (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2012)) who is a journalist. Aiden is familiar with the area and promises Sara that he will take her and someone else on a guided tour through the forest. Aiden told Sara the rules and to please follow the main rule that is never to leave the path regardless of what you hear or feel, but we all know that Sara will leave the path. Sara, of course, went off the path which resulted in them experiencing hauntings from angry/tormented souls of the dead that became more surreal as the time progressed.

I enjoyed this movie immensely and cannot wait to see it again because it was a pure horror film that scared me to the point where I was sitting on the edge of my seat anticipating the next scene - it was good. The movie started off with a nice tone that did not give the creep factors as we are introduced to the characters but as Sara goes deeper into the forest, we cannot help but feel that something bad is about to happen. I had chills up my back while viewing this movie because the scares were real and made me jump a few times; that is entertaining for me, a good scare. The Forest was something that should have been seen during October but greatly appreciate it that I got the chance to see it now. With all said, the movie did have flawed aspects as some of the CGI shots were terrible and there were minor goofs that can be seen in the majority of movies today.

Filming Locations:
PFI Studios, Belgrade, Serbia
Tara National Forest, Serbia
Narita Airport, Narita, Chiba, Japan
Taimei Elementary School
Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Sushi Miyako, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
Highgate, London, England, UK

About The Forest 2016

Title: The Forest
Year: 2016
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 130 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 130
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Stephanie Vogt, Jozef Aoki, Tatsujiro Oto, Eoin Macken, Nadja Mazalica, Nemanja Naumoski, Terry Diab, Tales Yamamoto, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Akiko Iwase, Mieko Wertheim, Meg Kubota, Natalie Dormer, Gen Seto, Takako Akashi, Shintaro Taketani, Masashi Fujimoto, Ibuki Kaneda, Yuriri Naka, Carni Djenic, James Owen, Lidija Antonic, Taylor Kinney, Yoshio Hasegawa, Saki Imai, Rina Takasaki, Misaki Ishii, Kikuo Ichikawa, Osamu Tanpopo, Noriko Sakura
Writers: Nick Antosca, Sarah Cornwell, Ben Ketai
Director: Jason Zada