Columbia-Tristar/1988/97m/ANA,WS 1.85, FS 1.33
| A man walks out of a bucolic landscape into
and through a bustling South American village. A path opens through the sea of street
people and hawkers as they watch his walk to the sea. The camera catches their expressions
of fear and awe. On the beach, dead fish are washing up in the surf as the man breaks the
seal on a parchment document and drops it into the water. The sweeping camera movement and
the music set an ominous tone. Cut to the Negev Desert where a village has been
mysteriously destroyed and a priest arrives to define the mystery. Cut to Abby Quinn.
Its no accident if this film carries reminders of The Exorcist, Rosemarys Baby or The Omen. The Seventh Sign is an intelligent thriller about the Apocalypse. With an excellent script that builds logically upon itself and taut direction by Carl Schultz, the film maintains a sense of horror and mystery at the same time. The pieces of this puzzle fit perfectly.
The dream sequences are clipped and progressively revealing. The visual construction of this The Seventh Sign is at all times elegant. Cuts are timed to perfection. This isnt one of those horror movies that provoke screams. The horror is contained in the intensifying sign by sign path to the inevitable.
Demi Moore is
dynamic as Abby Quinn. Moores pregnant gait is perfect and her moods appear
consistently credible. Theres a soft fleshiness about her that adds vulnerability.
Jurgen Prochnow floats through the role of David Banner in other worldly fashion.
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