humour throughout, this film is not afraid to go off on strange tangents and sub-plots, and the film is all the better for it. The section of the film concerning a possible psychological haunting is a great example of that. It’s completely un-necessary to the overall film, but it adds so much colour and detail.
Like all the films from director Chan-Wook Park, the cinematography is gorgeous. The camera glides over, under through and around the action, always to successful comedic, or dramatic effect. Some of the special effects are a little dodgy, but who cares. You’ll love it. Give it a watch. Actually, give all his films a watch.
"The Sentinel" is part of the interest in religious horror that popped up in the 1970’s in films such as "The Omen", and "The Exorcist". It concerns a model moving into a very strange apartment building in New York, and slowly discovering the tenants have some less than savoury plans for her.
The movie takes quite a while to get going, spicing up the earlier parts of the film with only some truly bizarre scenes involving an old man involved in threesome while eating cake. Yes. In fact, most of the first half of the film involves strange and disturbing portrayals of sexuality. But once it gets to a dramatic turn about 2/3 in, there’s an amazing set-piece in a darkened and abandoned apartment, and the intrigue of finding out what exactly is going on helps pull the film towards it’s conclusion.
"The Sentinel" is notable for using physically handicapped and deformed people in place of lost souls or demons. Politically correct, the film is not. It’s an intriguing slow-burn of a film, definitely worth a look.