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Sunday, 4 November, 2001, 14:17 GMT
The Others: Your views
Nicole Kidman's latest film The Others is a ghost thriller about a mother trying to protect her children in a haunted house.
Directed by Alejandro Amenábar and produced by Kidman's ex-husband Tom Cruise, the film stands in stark contrast to her last project, Moulin Rouge.
"There is no blood and guts in this chilling tale but that allows the imagination to go into overdrive, with real 'hiding behind the sofa' moments," wrote BBC News Online's Keily Oakes.
But what do you think?
Is this the scariest movie of the year? What do you think of Kidman's performance?
Here is a selection of BBC News Online users' views.
I had the opportunity to see the film during my last visit to Madrid,
where it was an absolute success. Nicole delivers an amazing performance,
making the viewer immerse themselves in the dark and thick atmosphere that her character Grace inhabits. The film is extremely well structured, keeping the
suspense until the very end. Your pity for the contradictory Grace (sad, strict, caring and
loving) grows throughout. And it
is very scary too!
This is a must see.
I have to say that it has to be one of the scariest films I have seen in a long time. At one point (and you'll know the part when you see it) I literally screamed out loud in the cinema. Super scary with a fantastic end. Out of all the films I've seen this year, this is the one I'd say you should see.
Totally kept you going. I screamed out loud at points and the mood was very creepy. I love the twists and turns.
It reminded me of the old film, Turn of the Screw, based on Henry James's novella. Excellent.
A sophisticated horror, in the vein of The Turn of the Screw or The Sixth Sense, that relies on a constant subtle build up of tension rather than big bangs and gore. Kidman continues to take her place as one of her generation's most talented actors.
Dick Masters, UK
I saw it a few weeks ago and thought it was very spooky. I can honestly say that I screamed out loud at some moments. A definite must-see.
The performances in this film are outstanding - the child actors were very convincing. Ms Kidman holds the film together wonderfully, the contrast with her performance in Moulin Rouge demonstrates what a talented actress she is. Although the clever plot twist is not original it is nevertheless unexpected and better executed than in the last film that used it. Definitely a film well worth seeing.
Absolutely stunning. Great acting and direction combine with a creeping, chilling story. The scares, when they come, are all the more effective for the steadied but involving build-ups. And the final pay off? See it soon before someone spoils it for you....
The Others was a touch disappointing for me. Kidman is a very fine actress in my view, but she seems - at least initially - a little wooden and uncomfortable in the role of Grace, whose very "English" formality doesn't seem quite real. As the story progresses the acting improves, however, and the whole cast is able to operate a tale of suspense and horror, quite effectively.
I saw this film over the weekend, and thought it was excellent. A 'proper' film that works because of a combination of a clever story, good acting and good direction.
Utter, utter rubbish. The Haunted with the lights turned out. It's so obvious! Twists in the tale? They're not twists. They are slow meandering bends that have been sign-posted about an hour before.
Advice? Don't bother. And Kidman's awful too.
A good film that has you jumping out of your seat, but it shows its hand within the first half of the movie.
The film was fantastic. It deserves all the praise it is getting, and none of the criticism.
Conal Presho, UK
Certainly a well done film, however, I would humbly suggest that its nuances and plot development could have been more woven and elaborate. It did bear a slight resemblance to an elongated episode of TV's The Twilight Zone. One would expect a little more from a feature film.
One of the worst movies I have ever seen. Painfully slow. It did have a good twist in the tail at the end but overall a very dull movie with only a few thrills!
The last time I screamed out loud in a cinema was during Carrie. The twist was not obvious - well, not to me anyway. The acting, especially by the children, was superb. An excellent spooky, scary film. Go and see it!
I had the good fortune to see this film a month or so ago. I still dream about subjects related to it - not exactly nightmares. Quite simply it is probably the best ghost story I have ever seen. All performances are masterful, and throughout a "more is less" approach prevails. This equates to great direction; the actors themselves and the art of the possible not being undermined by trashy special effects. See it... and you will dream...
Ingmar Collinson, UK
This film is excellent, tense, scary, edge-of-seat stuff, with a terrific twist at the end. Definitely a film in the Hitchcock mould and certainly one not to miss.
A truly superb movie for 2001. The film lays down its setting and characters in a slow to start fashion but feeds the pyschological fear to the viewer as it runs. The film setting, although shot in Spain, is surreal and spooky with mist encapsulating the afflicted house. Kidman is on edge throughout as a clearly unhappy and stern mother of two whose husband is away fighting the war.
There are some genuinely frightening moments in this movie and the music only adds to the suspense build-up that is superbly crafted.
One of the "must see" movies of the year!
This is one of best films of 2001.
It is totally chilling and leaves you feeling numb.
The film is full of thematic elements and frightening moments and a great performance once again from Nicole Kidman. She'll be one to watch at the 2002 Oscars.
Great story, great acting, but too slow and not scary enough.
Well crafted, spine tingler with superb lead performance from Ms Kidman. Highly recommended.
One of the spookiest films I've ever seen. The suspense is almost too much at times. Anyone who doesn't jump out of their skin at some point just isn't paying enough attention.
The Others is a triumph of ensemble
talent. Alejandro Amenabar's script,
direction, music and the
masterful performance of his cast
combine to create a film that is
breathtakingly compelling and
atmospheric! Particular praise
must go to Nicole Kidman who draws
the viewer into the film, fraying your
nerves to breaking point, as you
witness her tension and fear mounting
slowly towards the inspired conclusion
of the story. The only movie to thrill
me as much as The Others this year
has been Moulin Rouge. The question
remaining now is which one of these
excellent films might help
Nicole Kidman secure her first long
Continuing in the impressive line up of the director's films (Tesis, Abre Los Ojos), The Others provides a very subtle build up of suspense. Kidman is impressive, as are the supporting cast. A must-see.
It says something that a director like Amenabar has to do an English speaking film before his films get widespread showing and recognition. Anyone who has seen the previous two would have known already that he is a master of suspense and the thriller. It's about time the American dominated cinema industry woke up and realised that the rubbish they churn out is not up to the calibre that is widely available in non-English speaking countries.
I love movies. I love Nicole Kidman.
I sat through one boring hour of The Others and had to left the theatre before I fell fast asleep. A big bore!
Nicole Kidman was excellent, and the movie was worth every penny. Love it.
Contrived, second rate chiller. Ponderous with few special effects.
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