Half Light (2006) DVD Review

halflightHalf Light (2006) DVD Review

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.

halflight1At 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.

halflight2Despite 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/


Demi Moore’s Half Light out May 4th on DVD from Fabulous Films

halflightDemi Moore’s Half Light out May 4th on DVD from Fabulous Films

Prepare for the DVD release of the year! Based on the original screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and described as a Hitchcockian thriller with a supernatural twist, by people who haven’t seen it, Half Light is finally out.

Astonishingly it stars Demi Moore (Striptease, Ghost), and Emmy nominee Henry Ian Cusick (Lost).

Although set in Scotland, filming took place on a Welsh island. The star studded UK Premier was held in Anglesey at the iconic Ucheldre Arts Centre, in between a baby yoga lesson and a painting class for re-offenders.

By 1990, Demi Moore was the highest earning star in Hollywood. But a string of commercial flops and a marriage to Ashton Kutcher, meant she ended up making movies like this. This was the first film after her nuptials. She used the time in Wales to sit with her head in her hands, looking out to sea, thinking “My God, I married a boy.”

Synopsis: After the tragic drowning of her 5 year old son, best selling thriller novelist Rachel Carlson (Demi Moore) moves to a remote cottage on the Scottish coast to begin writing again, But Rachel’s demons have followed her as loneliness and paranoia leave her not knowing what’s real and what is just imagination in the fight to save her life?

Cast: Demi Moore, Henry Ian Cusick

Extras: They wouldn’t dare

You can order Half Light on DVD from Amazon UK here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Half-Light-DVD-Demi-Moore/dp/B00V6KCUMO/