Ánimas – Summary/ Review (with Spoilers)

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Animas’ teen drama and psychological aspects, when combined, neither provides a quality thriller nor horror.


Director(s) Laura Alvea, Jose F. Ortuño
Written By Laura Alvea, Jose F. Ortuño
Date Released 2019
Genre(s) Horror, Thriller
Good If You Like Films With Small Casts

A Psychological Element To Your Horror Film

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Seeing Someone Cut Themselves

Want To Learn More About The Character Past The Method They Cope With Life

Noted Cast
Alex Clare Durant
Abraham Ivan Pellicer
Anchi Chacha Huang

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Animas’ Plot Summary (Ending on 2nd Page)

Since they were children, Alex and Abraham have been friends. However, ten years into their friendship a girl, Anchi, comes between them and that complicates their relationship. Not because Alex has feelings for Abraham, at least admitted feelings, but because Anchi’s entrance coincides with Alex’s world becoming chaotic. Leading to Alex having a bit of a meltdown and her only friend unable to set aside time for her as she desperately needs. Thus making things worse.

Highlights

It Has A Few Good Jump Scares

Alex (Clare Durant) having the life sucked out of her.

For the most part, the tension of the movie deals with Alex’s life falling apart as her mom and dog disappear on her. However, as she mentally begins to unravel, and we see some demonic looking thing reach out for her, it leads to a few jump scares. I counted only 3, but considering their placement, they may help wake you up if you’re not that into the movie.

On The Fence

After A Certain Point, You May Tune This Out

While this is a psychological thriller, one of the things required to keep you engaged in such a film is the characters being of interest. Neither Alex nor Abraham present something to drive you to invest in their psychological well-being. For while Alex is established as a cutter, and we learn Abraham is in therapy, this is used only as an entry point. From there, Alex’s life just falls apart, and it seems this girl who you barely hear the name of you are supposed to worry about. All because, at first, it appears losing her best friend to another girl has caused her world to collapse.

Oh, and when it comes to her best friend? While it is established his mom can be catatonic at times, and his father is an unhappy man, like with Alex, it doesn’t feel like we go beyond the surface. There is only just enough given to convey a basic story, and you’re left wanting to excuse that by bringing up this likely is an indie movie. One which, if it wasn’t for the well-placed jump scare, as noted above, you might drift off to other activities or sleep.

Overall: Mixed (Divisive) | Available on Netflix

Abraham (Ivan Pellicer) talking to Alex.

I’m not going to pretend there weren’t times I was tempted to stop watching this. The characters are very surface level, in terms of development, the twists and turns are okay, but nothing to tell all your friends about, and while there are jump scares, they act as alarms to attempt to engage you. And yet I’m giving this a mixed since I believe it isn’t that this film is terrible, it just isn’t my taste. While I have a growing appreciation for horror, this comes off a bit indie. Not causing a shift to the genre indie, but people who wanted to make a movie and found a way to make it happen.

So, when it comes to Animas, there is a need to recognize the accomplishment of finishing a movie. However, if you choose to watch it, I doubt you’ll do so twice, tell friends to watch, or remember it in a week. This is the type of film best for when you have nothing better to watch, everything else on your list you’ve seen, and you want to give something a chance because you’re feeling patient.

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