Movie Review: 1922 (2017)

Synopsis: Farmer Wilfred James marries his wife, Arlette, largely to gain possession of her family's 100 acres. However, Arlette would much rather move to the city and, when she threatens to divorce him, sell her land and take their 14-year-old son, Wilfred convinces the boy to help him commit murder.

Who's in it? The movie stars Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard and Neal McDonough.

Review: After spending most of our Saturday doing some emergency car shopping, my wife and I finally managed to settle down for the night last night and watch a movie. I had noticed this film on Netflix and, thinking it sounded interesting, decided to watch it. As it turns out, it wasn't too bad.

The movie wasn't particular scary and does take a while to get going. But, once it does, it becomes an interesting psychological drama. Wilfred (Jane) successfully murders his wife and convinces the local sheriff she ran off. However, even though he technically got away with murder, his actions set off a domino effect that includes his son (Schmid) being overwhelmed with guilt and him angering the rats that were in the bottom of the dried-up well he buried his wife in.

As the movie progresses and his health begins to suffer, both from his growing guilt and the misfortune that seems to be following him, it really made me wonder what would end up happening next. It was hard to tell what he would do in his state of mind, especially when he began having a falling out with his much-more-well-off neighbor (McDonough).

My only real complaint about this movie was it never really made it clear whether the ghost (and rats) he kept seeing were real or were just hallucinations caused by his guilty conscience (I suspect it was the latter). This became even more confusing later in the movie, when he wasn't living on the farm any more and, while it wasn't a deal breaker by any means, it would have been nice to have gotten some clarification on that.

Final Opinion: It's not the scariest movie and, as I said, the film takes a little while to get going. But, it ended up being an interesting movie overall and one I would recommend taking the time to watch.

My Grade: B


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