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Review Incarnate (2016): The Cell meets Inception meets The Exorcist / very enjoyable B horror flick!

genre: horror, thriller






Incarnate was the best remedy against the atrocious Inferno that I watched before it. It was fun and more importantly unpretentious. Mind you not particularly scary but does enough to keep you interested. The whole approach to the exorcism practiced in this film is quite creative. Dr. Ember (Aaron Eckhart) would chastise me for saying this since it's science and nothing remotely religious. Whatever you say Dr. Ember. But trust me, it is very much like an exorcism but with a twist.

And what is this twist? Well, somehow Dr. Ember can get into the mind and dreams of the person who is possessed. Very little explanation is given to this and you just have to accept that he can. The idea is that he goes into the person's dreams and basically pulls them out of there by telling them that the world they live in is not real. Naturally the demon or ghosts aren't happy with this and do what they can to stop him providing some nice action and thrills. Dr. Ember is on the hunt for one demon in particular who is responsible for the death of his wife and son. I know this sounds very cliché. But Eckhart is a master portraying tortured souls so you do go for it. Besides have you ever seen a film where Eckhart isn't cool? Exactly. It is claimed that the demon he seeks for resides in a boy named Cameron played by David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne in Gotham). So Dr. Ember is called upon to do something about it. 

The best thing about Incarnate is that it keeps you guessing throughout and that is mostly because of the good acting. All the actors including Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) take events seriously and you never quite know what they will do next. That makes it very interesting. (BTW if Dan played by Matt Nable might seem familiar then you are not mistaken. It's Ra's al Ghul from Arrow.) But of course you do have to keep in mind that most of what is displayed on the screen should be taken with a grain of salt and that it is asked of you to suspend disbelief. This is a movie that relies on you accepting certain things as fact. 

So do give this one a chance. You won't regret it.




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