Directed by: Mark Tonderai
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot
Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
Release Date: September 21, 2012
|Oh JLaw, what are you doing in this thing?|
Which makes the thriller House at the End of the Street that much more of an anomaly in her relatively short filmography. This is the type of movie you would expect to see the highly acclaimed actress in years before she was to get noticed, but instead it came out between the two movies that would make her a star. Heck, despite Hunger Games raking in truck loads of money just 6 months before HATEOTS came out, it did absolutely nothing to increase its box office.
The proof is in the pudding as they say and that is because whether HATEOTS made money or not has nothing to do with its star as it has everything to do with just how painfully bland it is. The story revolves around a single mom (Elisabeth Shue) and her rebellious young teenage daughter (JLaw) who move into a new home in the seclusion of the woods. Well...they aren't that secluded actually as just a couple hundred yards away from them is the house where an entire family was MURDERED which now has the only surviving member of the family (Max Thieriot) still residing there.
|Don't do it, don't do it!|
The key problem with HATEOTS is one of predictability. You can give us all the stupid characters and cheap scares all you want, just don't let us put the whole thing together almost immediately please. One of the most annoying parts of any movie, let alone a mystery thriller, is knowing from minute one how the whole thing will play out and then spending the next hour or so watching it all unfold as you expected. All other problems with the film (of which there are many) are null and void after that because you simply just don't care anymore. Not even the adequate performances are enough to keep the viewer engaged as the film plods along.
Besides the star power and obvious talent of Jennifer Lawerence (which didn't seem to help the film anyway) there is little to make HATEOTS stand out from the bevy of other similar (and much better) examples of the genre. If you are a fan of JLaw and must simply see everything she is in then you won't hate your time watching the film, you'll instead just wonder why anyone involved in this thing thought it was worth their time, let alone yours.