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Actors: Jackson Rathbone, Melora Walters, William Mapother, Johanna E. Braddy, Ava Gaudet
Director: Barbara Stepansky
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
There are terrible things happening in the desert...unexplainable, frightening things. Tragic, inexplicable incidents...ever since she arrived. — The Coltrane family's life has been devastated by an untimely death. Widowed ... more »
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Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 1/16/2011...
HURT is super cool!! It had a couple twists that I saw coming, but I was having such a good time--I didn't care!
The Coltrane family has had their world crumble. Their father has died in a violent way and they're left without any financial resources. Luckily, their Uncle Daryl decides to take them in and give them a place to stay.
Tensions run high as expected with three new people in the house, two of them teenagers, things get a little troublesome. But that is nothing compared to the problems that arise when Helen decides to honor her dead husband's wishes and take in a foster child.
HURT was a joy to watch. It was gritty, eerie and full of emotion. The actors were wonderful, especially Uncle Daryl, played by the creepy Ethan from LOST.
So, the final verdict is snatch up HURT. There ain't nothing like something that hurts so good! (bad pun, my apologies:)
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
A gripping and eerie saga to the very end
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 10/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hurt is a terror-inducing movie about a newly widowed single mother Helen Coltrane (played by Melora Walters of "Big Love"), her teenage son (Jackson Rathbone of "Twilight") and daughter, seeking aid from her hermit-like, gun-toting brother-in-law. As they struggle to come to grips with the drastic changes in their life, they cross paths with a foster child who claims that Helen's late husband pledged to take her in. They do so... with dire consequences as one by one lies, illusions, and darkness unravel. A gripping and eerie saga to the very end, especially recommended for fans of tense psychological thrillers. 97 minutes, rated R."
Above Average Psychological Thriller
R. Schultz | Chicago | 01/08/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This suspense drama immediately puts itself a cut above the average by being set in an auto junkyard. While most psychological thrillers set their struggling young families either in impossibly luxurious, spacious homes - or else in old isolated farmhouses that the family moves to in order to "get a new start" - "Hurt" takes a different tack. Here a newly widowed mother and her children go back and join her brother-in-law in his ramshackle auto salvage business out on the desert.
This makes for a complex, realistic setting with lots of sharp edges and shadows. There is also a pack of wolves prowling the property, adding an extra fillip of menace.
It becomes clear that not all the gears in this reconstructed family are meshing quite right. The brother-in-law broodingly takes refuge in restoring a Ford Fairlane in one of the sheds on the property. The young son takes refuge in welding old car parts together into works of modern art. The mother adds to this already unwieldy assemblage when she abides by her dead husband's wishes and brings home a young foster child, well-played by Sofia Vassilieva (who is known for her role as a daughter in the TV series "Medium"). While an undertow of tension swells in the family at large, Vassilieva blithely jumps rope across the dusty yard, a picture of eerie innocence.
Anyone who likes searching through junkyards for parts - anyone who's into old car restoration - anyone who likes family dramas set in atmospheres of moodiness that devolve into murder - will probably find this movie worthwhile."
Has its moments, but uninspired in general
z hayes | TX | 02/28/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
""Hurt" reminds me of the Lifetime Movie Network's movies with its predictable plot twists, less than credible acting, and melodramatic scenes. It stars Melora Walters (Wanda in Big Love) as a widow who finds herself facing financial difficulties after the untimely death of her husband. With two teenagers to support, she is forced to rely on the charity of her brother-in-law, a reclusive character who reluctantly takes the family in. Despite living on someone else's charity, the widow decides to abide by her dead husband's wishes to take in a foster child, an orphan (Sofia Vassilieva of Medium)who seems harmless enough, yet also harbors a dark secret. The widow's teenage daughter who is finding it hard to deal with their diminished circumstances, takes an instant dislike to the young orphan, and when things start to rapidly deteriorate, she begins to suspect all is not well with the youngster.
There are some aspects in this movie that don't make much sense - the widow is annoying in her helplessness. Yes, she has type 1 diabetes, but that doesn't mean she can't be productive - there appears to be no real sense of purpose in her life, wallowing in self-pity, and her efforts to find a job appear half-hearted at most. The same goes for the two teenage kids - they keep whining about not having money and having to put up with their creepy uncle, but neither of them (it being summer) attempt to find a job. The only creepy factor in this movie is the character of the orphan who after a while, appears to harbor a dark agenda of her own (in a twist which I actually figured out quite early on). "Hurt" is a been-there done that sort of psychological thriller (not horror) and worth a rental at best.