Directed by: John McNaughton
Written by: Stephen Lancellotti
Starring: Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan
The Harvest starts off like a drama movie. A couple lives in a secluded house with their sick son, whom longs for an ordinary life. The young boy, Andrew befriends a young girl, Maryann that lives nearby. A sense of normalcy is restored in Andrew when Maryann spends more time with him. However, Andrew’s disapproving mother forbids the newfound friendship as the movie takes a rather dark turn. Maryann soon discovers the truth behind the family and their secluded lives, and tries her best to help Andrew despite no one believing her. The ending is one that will grip at your heartstrings but yet leaves you with an overall sense of relief.
The Harvest is a very slow burner, with no real pacing until the end. However, it is still an intriguing mystery that holds your attention for the most part. Trying to figure out exactly what is going on and reading between the lines is what kept me going. I had the twist figured out long before it was revealed, but I still wanted to keep watching.
There are no real scary parts so-to-speak but there are thrilling ones that keep you at the edge of your seat. However, there are plenty of disturbing scenes, and the film revolves around a very unsettling subject so The Harvest does a successful job at making you feel unease.
I’ve been a Michael Shannon fan since Take Shelter (one of my favorite films) came out. Although his character in this one was a little dull, he still played his part well. Samantha Morton did a great job as well, especially with such a crazy and dark character. The child actors Natasha Calis and Charlie Tahan also did a very impressive job with their parts, which made you really feel for them.
Many websites list The Harvest as a 2014 or 2015 film, however IMDb shows it as a 2013 movie. 2013 is when The Harvest premiered at Chicago International Film Festival. Since then, it has apparently been stuck in some sort of release limbo, as it just hit VOD on April 10th of this year. To me though, it was well worth the wait.
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