Movie Review: SOULMATE (2013)

Salutations my screechers, screamers, and scary dreamers,

Tonight’s tale of terror entitled “Soulmate” weaves a widowed woman’s extraordinary encounter with an affable apparition.  A fledgling flirtation and nosy neighbors complicate conditions.

Like many ghost stories this one is about pace so the characters are given plenty of space and even before they became smitten the two leads felt realistically written.  The sense of loss that formed their initial connection naturally transformed into genuine affection in a manner that never felt feigned, but came off as perfectly restrained.  Their bond was not the only thing treated with discretion as there were rules that dictated the ghost’s possession that were slowly revealed as the film unfurled which made this feel like a lived in world.

The actors help sell the notion by underplaying the emotion which adds a touch of reality to their sense of misery.  As their sadness begins to fade the lead actress convincingly conveyed the idea of someone struggling through and trying to start life anew.  As the past tries to keep her in its grip she never once lets slip her well composed depiction no matter what the friction.

When the conflict arises it does not carry many surprises, but the rules give it an interesting hook even if it is mostly by the book.  The few scary moments are nothing new and usually rely upon a musical cue which tries to get us to jump with a sudden resounding thump.  Even though the scares were wanting the score itself proved rather haunting while capturing a certain sophistication that nicely matched the characterization.

Story/Concept: 2
Direction/Style: 2
Scares: 0
Atmosphere: 2
Rewatchability: 1
TOTAL: 7/10

In conclusion, though the scares might be a bit stale this is a well-paced and elegantly told tale that values characters over fright with a score that is an utter delight.

Stick to the shadows my fine friends.

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