THE INHERITANCE (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Robert O Hara
Darrin Dewitt Henson
What's it about
A bunch of African-American cousins get together at an old house in the middle of nowhere for a family reunion, with hints of an inheritance up for grabs. Of course there's more to it- the truth is that The Elders (led by Keith David!) have a much more sinister purpose for calling this bloodline together..
Is it good movie?
This is a strange movie that is really unbalanced. I went in to this one completely blind. I didn't read the case and I had no idea what it was about. And to be totally honest, the lack of balance comes from a good cast with a lame script.
This is a movie about a crazy bloodline. The cousins think they're in for a relaxing weekend, but end up having to fend off the advances of ghosts and The Elders (the name for the old people who brought them there). The gimmick here is a long and convoluted tale about how an ancestor was a slave who overcame the odds and then went mad with power, committing some serious atrocities and becoming reborn like Lazarus or some such nonsense.
The cast is good. Their dialogue is relatively believable, and they share honest wants, hopes and dreams about their lives and why they think they need the money that might be up for grabs. They're varied and somewhat interesting with different professions. They aren't stereotypical, nor do they cause your eyes to roll with any unnecessary ridiculousness. The dialogue is pretty fluid and realistic. In fact, the best part of the movie is more or less the first half an hour or so when you find out who the people are and what their motives seem to be.
Unfortunately, things go downhill pretty quickly. The scary stuff all revolves around sacrifice and swindling, and it isn't scary or particularly well done. It seems that in a movie where people turn out to be extremists and somewhat nuts, that this is enough of a plot device to carry the film. What I mean to say is, if the people are crazy and believe in a crazy ghost, he doesn't necessarily have to exist. This movie has it both ways- the old folks are crazy, and full of ghosts. The ghost effects are hit and miss, but mostly pretty terrible. There's a fair amount of 'why did that person just die, what's going on' moments in this movie, and none of the deaths are very memorable, save for an off-screen decapitation near the end of the film.
Inheritance is a movie that tends to get worse as it goes along, as Keith David stares menacingly and cackles maniacally (and chants a LOT) while people run around and try to get away. The explanation for everything at the end seems thin and somewhat tacked on, and the movie just ends without much notice. Also, would a man who was a slave during the plantation days really dress like an African tribesman? Weird.
Video / Audio
Video looks brutal. It is presented in 1.77:1<.b> 1080p widescreen and is grainy, pixellated and ugly.
Audio is presented in DTS-HD 5.1 and is a little loud in the rear speakers but gets the job done.
The only thing on this Blu-Ray is a trailer.
This movie has some interesting ideas, but the plot is a bit all over the place and the result feels dull and uneven.