Mothman Prophecies, The
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Review of "Mothman Prophecies, The"
Well, not quite, but that might be the tabloid headline! The Mothman Prophecies is, as the name suggests, about a large moth/man who appears to predict tragic events. “How ridiculous”, was my initial reaction on reading the blurb about this film, a slightly larger than normal man who looks a bit like a moth? Please, with all the money floating round Hollywood could they really not think of anything a little less storybook horror and a little bit more convincing? So why did I even pick it off the shelf? Well apparently it’s based on true events, and my curiosity got the better of me.John Klein (Gere) is a Washington Post reporter whose life is turned upside down when his wife dies from a brain tumour shortly after having been involved in a car crash. The words that haunt him, and the viewer, for the rest of the film are spoken by his wife as she lies in hospital “You didn’t see it, did you?” she asks him, referring to a strange giant moth like figure she had glimpsed just before the crash. After her death he discovers her notebook filled with sketches of the same eery looking figure, a mothman.
One night driving from Washington to Richmond in order to interview some politician, his car inexplicably breaks down on the edge of a deserted country road (where else?). The engine cuts out, his mobile phone packs up, and strangely his watch has stopped too. Whilst most normal people would be out of such a place before you could say “Fortean Times”, Gere is soon booked into the local hotel and with the help of the local cop (Laura Linney) trying to get to the bottom of the strange goings on that are taking part in the town. Sightings of the Mothman, weird phone calls, strange hallucinations, people hearing voices. It’s all most disconcerting.
What does it all mean? Is the Mothman warning people? If so what about? How does he predict things? Does he really exist or is it just some sort of collective madness? Is he human or spirit? Good or evil?
I started off sceptical about this film, but I was surprised by how gripping it was. Watch it with an open mind and then sleep with the lights on.Running time: 119 minutes
Director: Mark Pellington (Arlington Road)
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Listed on Ciao since: 27/03/2002