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A peak into Farren Blackburn's latest work, Shut In. A psychological thriller that will make you wanna grab your psych book from college to fully understand Charlie Heaton's character, 18-year old Stephon.
Review by: Ashley Van Camp
If you are into dark, sinister, psychological thrillers then you will be engulfed when you see Shut In. Director Farren Blackburn, who is known for Hammer of the Gods, brings you this perfect twisted psychological thriller, released Nov. 11, 2016, starring Naomi Watts and Charlie Heaton. You might recognize Heaton from Netflix's hit TV series, Stranger Things, where he plays the older brother of the character who goes missing. Heaton is a phenomenal underrated actor who will twist your mind into a braid of confusion and awe. Heaton takes on the role of 18-year-old stepson, Stephen, and Watts plays the role as Stephen’s step-mother, Mary Portman.
Heaton and Watts’ portrayals of these characters are what is phenomenal, Heaton playing the perfect stubborn teenager then switching roles to someone who is more sinister with deeper roots than just a normal teenager. Watts plays her character spot on by continuing to be a caring devoted wife to her deceased husband and being the glue of the family and caring for a child who is not even hers and who is now disabled. Mary is a clinical psychologist dealing with the recent loss of her husband and struggling with her now-disabled son as well as trying to find a child who got caught in the deadly winter storm. The child was a patient of hers, who ran away from home. Mary struggles to find him, she starts having nightmares about the boy being in her house, and the nightmares might be more real than we think.
As Mary struggles with self obligations of caring for this little boy, does she forget about the obligations she has for her step-son? I have never been more caught off guard and stuck in a funk of shock from a movie. In fact, I am still questioning how I missed such a monstrous piece to the puzzle. You will not only be watching a winter storm unravel before your eyes, you will become cold and frozen like ice from getting chills from this thriller. Shut In will bring a true fear to life, and make a movie theater full of watchers become disquieted.
Shut In is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For terror and some violence/bloody images, nudity, thematic elements and brief strong language.