Written & Directed by Craig Rosenberg
Starring Demi Moore, Henry Ian Cusick, Hans Matheson
Run Time 106 minutes
UK DVD release May 4th 2015 from Fabulous Films
Rachel Carlson (Demi Moore) is a focused novelist, her multi million pound success has caused a rift between her and her aspiring writer husband, Brian (Henry IanCusick). This rift of jealousy and resent quickly escalates when the accidental death of their son looks to be caused by her negligence.
In an attempt to escape the feeling of guilt and impending possibility of a divorce, Rachel escapes to a small Scottish coastal village with the hope that working on a new book will occupy her thoughts. Grief ridden Rachel cannot escape her own guilt and her mind begins to play tricks on her, seeing her dead son at every turn proves to be too much of a distraction so she ventures out in to her surroundings to clear her head. She finds comfort in reclusive lighthouse keeper (Hans Matheson) who seems far too perfect to be true and once again Rachel has to question what’s real and what is just her imagination.
What starts a straight forward drama soon takes a turn towards the supernatural in this journey filled with deceiving twists and turns that will excite fans of films such as Robert Zemeckis’ What Lies Beneath (2000) and reminiscent of the films by M. Night Shyamalan.
At around the 40 minute mark I thought I had worked out what was happening and how things were going to progress however what unravelled was a much more compelling mystery than I had expected and I was gripped by writer Director Craig Rosenberg as he shows he has narrative control over this film and much like his more recent screenplays for The Uninvited (2009) and The Quiet Ones (2014) he proves he has a knack for the Hitchcockian style.
Half Light has a certain timeless quality about it allowing this to strike well with fans of all age groups, it could quite easily have been set 100 years in the past with little to no change to the script, at almost ten years since it’s theatrical release it will be interesting to see how well this film holds up in the years to come. I will definitely be eagerly awaiting the next project from Rosenberg.
This thriller is extremely well shot and has elegantly captured the mystery, beauty and loneliness of both Rachel and her surroundings. Although set in Scotland, filming took place on location in Anglesey North Wales as it was too cold to film in the planned locations in Canada, bizarrely extreme cold weather and gale force winds hit Wales and almost destroyed the sets only a week in to filming.
Despite the cold (although you can see her shivering quite a lot), Demi Moore gives a faultless performance proving she can do this kind of role effortlessly and is well supported by the British cast. Overall this film was extremely well thought out and well executed, at almost 2 hours in duration its pace never slowed and kept me gripped from beginning to end.
I score this film 7 out of 10, marking it down solely on the fact it doesn’t show Demi’s full acting capability, this was an easy role for her, perhaps too easy.
Half Light is available from Fabulous Films on DVD now – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Half-Light-DVD-Demi-Moore/dp/B00V6KCUMO/