Film Review – In The Earth (2021)

Every now and again a movie will jolt my senses by not expecting the unexpected and being prepared for what kinetic situations are to be unveiled.

In the Earth, is complimented by a tightly woven plot slowly chipping away to a massive reveal that will shock many, bewilder others.

It seems to be set during a slight post-apocalyptic era as a deadly virus takes hold globally Dr. Martin Lowery (Joel Fry) embarks on a mission of science discovery to study a way of making crops more efficient.

On his journey deep through remote woodlands, he’s guided by forest scout Alma (Ellora Torchia) and they strike up a decent colleague style friendship. Alma also reminds Martin that there is a local folktale, a spirit of the woods which has been known to materialise.

With zero phone reception and odd noises all around them, they wake up sensing someone or something is watching them, things go nasty at a rapid pace after being attacked.

The pair accept help from loner Zach (Reese Shearsmith) living off the grid, however, this bearded wilderness dweller has a sordid mindset and false pretences that come into fruition fast after gaining some trust.

Meanwhile….. mother nature is not happy; I’ll leave it at that relatively spoiler free.

Talented and perpetual in his short career to date, Director Ben Wheatley (High Rise – 2015), gleefully goes into Blair Witch Project (1999) territory with his own frightening spin.

There are some intense environment horror elements on hand, constantly creepy situations and moody tones set.
Such a nice guy as Jasper in Cruella, an enigmatic Joel Fry, severely convinces as the frazzled doctor dealing with more than he’s equipped for including Pagan rituals.

Ellora Torchia also demands attention, her reactions are priceless.

Must-see thought-provoking interspersed horror.

★★★★


Horror | UK, 2021 | 15 | 18th June 2021 (UK) | Cinema | Universal Pictures | Dir.Ben Wheatley | Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, Mark Monero

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