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Picture yourself at the park enjoying the scenery, minding your own business, just enjoying the day. That changes completely when you see a woman half-naked, disheveled, but the face is just not right. There is no smile, no anger, just no emotion…She’s slowly walking towards you. The other people in the park don’t even know she’s there, that’s because they don’t see her, but you do…..
This is the premise of It Follows. Confused? Well, you shouldn’t be. This supernatural horror film is different from films that you’re used to seeing. It keeps you guessing and you want to know more.
Jay Height is your average college student. Everything is going well in her life. She has her family, her friends, her health, and now a new boyfriend name Hugh. The pair ends up making out in his car after a date. Everything is fine, but Jay’s world changes for the worse. She learns from Hugh that she inherited a curse, all by having sexual intercourse. He tells her that an entity in the form of someone she knows or a stranger will pursue her and she is the only one who sees it. Doesn’t matter where she goes, this entity will follow her and kill her. Once she’s dead it will pursue the person who passed this curse to her, her boyfriend. All she has to do is pass it along to someone else.
Interesting concept. What is this entity? Where did it come from or how did this start? Those are the questions that you’ve probably asked yourself. Some critics have interpreted this film as a parable about STDs, AIDS/HIV. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell he explains:
“I’m not personally that interested in where ‘it’ comes from. To me, it’s dream logic in the sense that they’re in a nightmare, and when you’re in a nightmare there’s no solving the nightmare. Even if you try to solve it.” Mitchell said that while Jay “opens herself up to danger through sex, sex is the one way in which she can free herself from that danger … We’re all here for a limited amount of time, and we can’t escape our mortality … but love and sex are two ways in which we can – at least temporarily – push death away”. – Wikipedia, Rawson-Jones, Ben (2015-03-08). “Exploring the horror of It Follows: David Robert Mitchell interview”. Digital Spy & Lyne, Charlie (2015-02-21). “It Follows: ‘Love and sex are ways we can push death away’”. The Guardian
Trust is another subject that you see in this film. After what her boyfriend tells, her, at this point Jay is struggling to trust others, even her own family, and friends. You get the sense that she’s also struggling with other issues within herself. Not only is there a fear of trust, but also the fact of being intimate with someone is something else altogether.
Again, we don’t know where this thing comes from, no motive, not even a face. That is what makes this film stand a bit. The film may lag in the middle, but it definitely has some jump and tense moments. You feel for the main character and what she goes thru. You feel the need to protect her just as her loved ones do.
It Follows has a unique formula that stands out and makes the viewer even more curious or more cautious.
It Follows: B
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