THE PLOT THUS FAR
A mind-bending thriller set in Portland, Oregon about an unspoken tragedy and its effects on a house, its temporary caretakers and the owners, a classical music critic and his wife on a recuperative trip to Italy.
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WHAT WE THOUGHT
“House of Last Things” is a movie about relationships, as much as it’s about a haunted house. But, is the house haunted or is it the dreamlike projections of guilty parties giving this central location a sense of power? RJ Mitte turns in a solid performance as the disabled brother who shows up later in the film, while everyone else plays utility roles. Make the crazy women kill herself and commit affairs seems to be the two trains of thought powering the movie. All the while, everyone else runs together like trains on the wrong tracks.
What is it with haunted house movies? I hesitate to call this a haunted house movie, but it works in the sense that the home the central couple tried to build is the focus of their angst. When someone gives such power to a thing, they allow it to determine their life and every action that follows. The mentally disturbed woman’s husband knows that his wife needs things to declare a sense of safety, but he can’t quite hang his hat on what his wife needs. Nevertheless, he tries to control her and his mistress’s life by his actions throughout the house and abroad. The fluidity of the film and its finale might irk some viewers, but they’re lazy. “House of Last Things” is not a movie for lazy people.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is on par for most recent standard definition drama releases. The transfer isn’t amazing, but it works. The same goes for the Dolby 5.1 audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 02/24/2015