Demi Moore stars as Rachael Carson, a successful mystery writer whose life is shattered following the accidental drowning of her 5-year-old son. Knowing she desperately needs solitude and rest, her best friend rents Rachel... more » a secluded cottage in a remote fishing village. But instead of a peaceful retreat, Rachel finds herself caught up in a supernatural murder mystery that rocks the tranquil town and threatens Rachel's fragile sanity - and her life - in this spooky suspense thriller.« less
Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC Reviewed on 2/19/2015...
This is a good movie with Demi Moore playing a very good part. Not really scary but just tense enough to make it interesting.
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Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE Reviewed on 8/20/2014...
I love this movie! I used to love it so much that back when it first came out I literally watched it everyday. it's a bit slow but trust me it's well worth it, it still keeps you watching because something funny is going on and the ending it so good it makes up for the rest of the film.
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Kenneth H. from NORTH PORT, FL Reviewed on 3/17/2011...
I really enjoyed this movie. It was a well written and well acted movie which is rare to find these days. Demi did a bang out job as I expected her to do. I highly recommend this dvd for those looking for a mystery to keep your glued to the movie. 5/5 from me. :)
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Peter Q. (Petequig) Reviewed on 2/27/2011...
Great mystery. The scenery steals the show !
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Thomas A. (tomasin) Reviewed on 10/13/2010...
Why you should watch this movie:
1.- You are writer of thriller novels.
2.- If you are really really fan of Demi Moore.
3.- If you have a Boyfriend imaginary.
Why you should skip this movie:
1.- If you have a Boyfriend imaginary or other things imagination's.
2.- If you fall in Sleep so easy.
3.- If you wanna see a naked woman.
1 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Christa P. (romeo) from GIDDINGS, TX Reviewed on 7/21/2010...
This was by far the worst performance by Demi Moore I've ever seen. This is a love story with a touch of supernatural.
2 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Pamela A. from WHEELING, WV Reviewed on 10/9/2009...
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. Demi Moore does a great job in this movie. Watch, and I do not think you will be dissapointed.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
William G. (longslide10) from CALHOUN, GA Reviewed on 6/3/2008...
I really enjoyed this movie.
Not a big Demi fan but this movie really surprised me.
Watch it, you'll like it. (Most of you, anyway!)
7 of 8 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jeff V. (burielofmel) from HARRIMAN, TN Reviewed on 2/22/2008...
I thought this movie was a piece of crap.
4 of 15 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kendra M. (KendraM) from NASHVILLE, TN Reviewed on 1/13/2008...
I watched it several months ago and very much enjoyed it. The other day, however, I received an email from a company that let me know the music score was now exclusively available at iTunes. This prompted me to both download the score and see the movie once again.
I think I enjoyed the movie even better the second time.
I rented this the first time based on the plot outline. I haven't been a Demi Moore fan since that horrid horrid movie she did a few years ago where she had two lives-- one in America, one in France. Oh, she was just horrible in that even-more horrible movie! I really decided then and there that I wasn't a fan and she could not act.
But, she did an excellent job in this role.
I think what makes this movie so interesting-- and even better the second time-- is that there is a real mix of supernatural phenomena combined with non-supernatural. It can be a bit confusing at first, since the viewer is not sure if he or she is witnessing ghostly events or not.
What sets this movie apart from so many others is the ambience. Yes, it was beautifully filmed. But, even more so, the story moved along. There were so many things happening, so many interesting twists. Never, however, did the movie overwhelm the senses. It was quiet, serene, peaceful, yet always moving forward. Everything worked very well together.
Finally, the cast was really first rate. Hans Matheson was excellent. I am looking forward to seeing him again and plan to rent Deathwatch next (he's in that). And, the others were excellent, too.
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Demi Moore's best performance
Joan Crawford | Lansing, MI USA | 01/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan of Demi Moore, I was very interested in seeing this film. Moore hasn't made many movies since the '90s. After "GI Jane" and "Striptease," she retired from her career for a few years to raise her children. She only appeared in two films, the weak independent film "Passion of Mind" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." From 1997-2005 is a long time to wait for a new Demi Moore starring vehicle, which is why I was so anxious to see "Half Light."
It is disappointing that there was no promotion whatsoever in the U.S. for this film. After seeing the film on DVD, I'm also incredibly disappointed it wasn't given a chance in theaters. Demi Moore needs a comeback. She is only 43, still in her prime, and constantly in the limelight due to her high-profile marriage to Ashton Kutcher. Obviously, she is still very famous, so why couldn't a Demi Moore film such as "Half Light" fare incredibly well in theaters? Take Julianne Moore, who is Demi Moore's age, in "The Forgotten," for example. That was a much weaker film than "Half Light," but it performed reasonably well at the box office.
I just don't think the executives in charge were willing to give Demi a chance, and that is a shame for a number of reasons. "Half Light" is an excellent thriller--full of suspense, beautiful scenery, score, and a luminous, emotionally-charged performance by Demi. It's probably her best performance. I admit I am a fan of the actress, so perhaps I am slightly biased, but I admit not all of her work was good. I still think Hester Prynne in "The Scarlet Letter" was her best role, "Indecent Proposal" was her best film, and now I know her very best performance was in "Half Light." You could compare her performance in this film to any other major actress working today and be pleasantly surprised by her talent (and ageless beauty)!
The story itself is wondrous, mysterious, creepy, and romantic. It has it all. There is a love story, an emotional drama, as well as a thriller all mixed into the plot. When a famous authoress loses her child in a drowning accident, she moves to a cabin on the coast of the ocean to get away and try to write. However, there are a lot of thrills and mysteries along the way. That is all I want to give away concerning the excellent plot. Keep in mind it is a story with a lot of subtlety and suspense instead of gore, like "The Others."
The best aspect of the film, and I think anyone would agree, is the love story. The screenplay and score are so good that you may have the music and dialogue in your head long after the film ends. The film belongs to Demi Moore most of all, though. Hopefully, she will someday receive credit as an actress.
Shirley Priscilla Johnson | USA | 01/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I believe Demi Moore is an outstanding actor and she didn't disappoint in this movie in her performance. She plays an author in this movie who has to endure the death of her son. At first I thought her son was murdered but it turns out that was not the case and we find Demi hidding herself at a secluded ocean front home desperately tring to regain some reason for living. It is during this time she sees visions of her son, finds messages from him and falls in love with the keeper of the lighthouse, who truly is not who you think he is. For a little while you may feel this movie is moving way too slow, but it is building up to a very suspenseful conclusion and one that will surprise you. Suspense, action, romance and a 'never saw it coming,' conclusion awaits you in this movie and is certainly worth your time."
Old fashioned good movie
Tony G | Steele Alabama US | 01/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love it, it has mystery, romance, scary and sad. All set in Scotland in a lighthouse. Demi is sexy and the movie has twisty turns. Good for a rainy, stormy night!"
Extremely well made and enjoyable eerie suspense film. Highl
Just Bill | Grand Rapids, MI United States | 01/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My wife and I saw Half Light on the shelf at a local video rental store and decided to take a chance on it. We'd never heard of it (which surprised us since we're usually pretty hip to what movies come out at the theatre), but the description on the back of the DVD box intrigued us.
We loved it so much that, when it was over, we immediately ordered a copy from Amazon!
Half Light features stunning cinematography and a breathtaking soundtrack, full of Celtic instruments and delicate passages of music that -- combined with the images on the screen -- completely captivated us. We couldn't take our eyes off the movie. In fact, we kept telling each other, "Boy, wouldn't it be great to live there! What a beautiful location!"
I guessed what was going on about half way through the movie, but that didn't detract from the suspense we felt throughout the entire movie -- real, actual scares and not cheap shots with sound effects or someone coming up behind the actor on screen and grabbing his/her shoulder.
I love a good spooky movie. But so few are made these days. Either the CGI monsters are so goofy that they're laughable, or the writing is pedantic and stupid, or the premise is half-baked, or all the actors looks like they stepped out of TV show The OC, as vapid as any human beings can possibly be.
Half Light delivered the goods, never once disappointing us. The acting was first-rate (especially the Gaelic locals). The cinematography was nothing short of gorgeous. The soundtrack is something I hope exists because we'd love to own it. And the story itself was believable. We couldn't have asked for more from a movie and, in fact, were totally blown away by Half Light because we didn't expect much at all.
I have no idea why Half Light seems to have gone straight to DVD. It's easily one of the best movies we've seen in years.
I highly recommend Half Light."
A Suspenseful Thriller/Mystery in Story and Setting
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/31/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"HALF LIGHT (a title with a lot of meaning revealed only at the conclusion of the film!) is a fine, atmospheric, well-acted little drama that explores belief in the beyond and its impact of post-traumatic responses to death. Written and directed by Craig Rosenberg (Hotel de Love) the story challenges the viewer to enter the strange world of afterlife and consider the fine differences between illusion and credibility.
Rachel Carson (Demi Moore in a fine performance) is a successful writer living in London with her disillusioned editor husband Brian (Henry Ian Cusick) and her young son Thomas (Beans El-Balawi). In a freak accident Thomas drowns and Rachel is devastated, and deciding that her marriage is indeed over she moves to a little quaint Scottish island cottage where she can devote her mind to her writing. She is a loner, talking only on cell phone to her best friend Sharon (Kate Isitt) in London, until she meets her neighbors the Murrays (James Cosmo and Joanna Hole) who befriend her. She begins to see visions of Thomas, talks to him knowing that he is just in her imagination, until she meets some townspeople who undermine her belief in departed spirits.
There is a lighthouse off the coast and Rachel boats out, meets the lighthouse keeper Angus (Hans Matheson who is remembered for his Marius in 'Les Misérables', as Nero in 'Imperium: Nero', and Yuri in 'Dr. Zhivago' and Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex in 'The Virgin Queen' - the latter two being TV miniseries). Slowly the two develop an attraction and affair, only for Rachel to find out from the townsfolk that Angus has been dead for seven years! At this point the mystery takes precedence and the intricate truths of a terrifying plot unfold: the race to the ending is filled with surprises and unexpected events.
The cinematography by Ashley Rowe and the musical score by Brett Rosenberg add enormously to the mood of this piece. HALF LIGHT is a solid movie, filled with suspense and well-written story and character development and deserves far more attention than it received in the theaters. Demi Moore proves again that she can handle dramatic roles well and Hans Matheson is most assuredly a young actor to watch! Grady Harp, January 07 "