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In The Forest, actress Natalie Dormer goes doublemint-gum, playing the duel role of a sister who hits the paranormal wilds of Japan to search for her troubled and possibly dead identical twin.

Gramercy Pictures

2.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Nick Antosca, Sarah Cornwell, Ben Ketai
Directed by
Jason Zada
Starring
Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney
Genre
Horror
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English

Do not stray from the path.

Everybody and every sign (in three different languages) told Sara the same thing: Do not, while in Mount Fuji's "suicide forest," stray from the path. So what did Sara do? She strayed from the path, off into the beautiful green woods where jump scares, awful childhood memories, cellphone failures and self-harming delusions arise.

In the attractive supernatural horror film The Forest, Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer goes doublemint-gum, playing the duel role of a sister who hits the paranormal wilds of Japan to search for her troubled and possibly dead identical twin.

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The frightening-enough feature has something for everyone: outdoorsy suspense in an exotic location, strange Japanese schoolgirls and beautiful things to gaze upon (flora and the super-handsome co-star Taylor Kinney).

This spooker's possible message is that we see what we want to see.

If you're up for mild startles and unchallenging entertainment, a trip into The Forest should be right up your alley, if not your path.

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