Movie Review: Temple (2017)

Synopsis: Three American tourists travel deep into the jungles of Japan in search of an ancient temple. When they find it, they get more than they bargained for.

Who's in it? The movie stars Logan Huffman, Brandon Sklenar, Natalia Warner, Naoto Takenaka and Asahi Uchida.


Review: Most people have heard the saying "you can't judge a book by its cover." That saying, as I've learned, applies to movies too and, unfortunately, even I, on occasion, still fail to remember that.

This was the case with this particular movie. I had never heard of it before and the description on Netflix was very vague. But, the movie cover, which featured a very creepy child, made it look interesting. As it turns out, it was a terrible movie choice.

Simply put, this movie was extremely dull. There is almost no action until toward the very end. Instead, the film seemed content focusing on the three American tourists and Kate (Warner) trying to maintain her relationship with her boyfriend (Sklenar) while her male best friend (Huffman) is accompanying them and creating some tension because he's in love with her and her boyfriend seems to realize that (even though she is apparently clueless). I couldn't figure out if this was supposed to be a horror film or a romantic drama.

Unfortunately, once the film finally starts to see some actual horror, it ends up being an unorganized mess involving a sadistic monk, ghost children and a shape-shifting spirit. The large quantity of bad guys made it difficult for any individual creature to establish itself (especially in such a short amount of time). Plus, even after the monsters finally appear, the film continued to move at a surprisingly slow pace, meaning it never left us feeling out of breath (as GOOD horror movies do).

I also hated the ending, mostly because it really didn't make a whole lot of sense. Were there really spirits or did one of the members of the group just snap? I think the ending was trying to explain it, but it was poorly edited to the point it really was hard to comprehend what, exactly, happened outside that temple.

Final Opinion: I love horror movies and, since most have a low budget, I usually do my best to give them the benefit of the doubt/lowered expectations. This film, however, was a disappointment from the time we started watching it and a complete waste of time.

My Grade: F

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