Based on Kim Jee-Woon’s 2003 Korean horror film, “Changhwa Hongryon,” “The Uninvited” revolves around Anna (Emily Browning), who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father (David Strathairn) has become engaged to her mother’s former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks). That night, Anna is visited by her mother’s ghost, who warns her of Rachel’s intentions. Together, Anna and her sister (Arielle Kebbel) try to convince their father that his current fiancée is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.
During almost this entire movie there is someone suspected of having committed at least one murder, and possibly several murders. Young Anna (Emily Browning) and her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) attempt to gain the evidence necessary to put away their father’s girlfriend, named Rachael (Elizabeth Banks). They suspect her of killing their mother because she wanted to be with their father. Their mother was an invalid and when a gas leak led to an explosion their mother perished. However, there is such a twist in the end that I felt as if it had been a waste of time watching everything which led up to that point. I felt cheated. The sisters had worked hard together and supported each other and the ending voided everything, which I will not give away.
Never mind that, because the movie has some strong language and frightening images in it, as well as some violent scenes and we cannot award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. If you are “uninvited” to see this film, consider yourself fortunate.