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When free spirit Sarah, 21, goes to babysit her young cousin, it becomes apparent that the dangers that lurk outside the cabin pale in comparison to the perils inside. Triggered by unwelcome visitors, a psychotic break shatters the weekend.
As "Occupied" opens we find Sarah sleeping on the beach with her bicycle next to her. She wakes and then makes the short trip to her Uncle's house where she will be baby-sitting her young cousin, Charlotte for a few days while her father is away on a business trip. As the weekend progresses we learn about the two main characters and we begin to witness Sarah's psychotic meltdown which puts Charlotte in grave danger.
To be honest "Occupied" isn't a film to talk about because doing so might cause major spoilers for those that haven't seen the film yet but I can tell you that this is a very unique thriller that focuses on the characters. This isn't going to be a film for everyone, many might become bored from it's heavy dialogue but if you're willing to stick it out you are going to be rewarded with one of the more original films I have seen in some time. The film takes place in and around the cabin and the story focuses on Sarah and Charlotte and their relationship and eventual collapse of it as Sarah begins to see and hear things.
The film really delivers on the creepiness mainly because of the the terrific and haunting audio effects and the the stellar performance by the film's lead Liza Binkley who plays Sarah. This is not an easy role to play and Liza does a fantastic job playing this young lady on the verge of a major breakdown. I must also mention Lucy Bock who plays Charlotte, she gives an incredible performance as well, I see a very bright future for this young and talented actress.
"Occupied" is the debut film from Writer/Director, Mollie Binkley. Mollie also had the pleasure of directing her sister in the film, how cool is that? The film is slow paced but Mollie does a terrific job with it's direction and the story she created which is partly influenced by her own past is one that keeps you on the edge of your seat and glued to the screen.
Like I stated before the film may not be for everyone but if you like a good thriller and are looking for something a bit different then this is the perfect movie for you. It engages the audience right from the start and it keeps you waiting and wanting to know more. What triggered Sarah's episode? What do the whispers she hears and the things she sees really mean? There's a lot of questions as the film moves along and you don't get any real answers until it's amazing conclusion. I didn't know what to expect from the film before watching it but I found it to be something original and special. A suspense filled thriller with riveting performances, be sure to check it out. I certainly look forward to seeing what this talented new filmmaker as well as her talented cast have coming out next.
Available on DVD the film comes with Special Features that include:
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Released by Osiris Entertainment
**** Out Of *****