Separation – Review/Summary (with Spoilers)

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Separation tones down the jump scares and rather focus on a creepy set of monsters and its story of revenge.


Director(s)William Brent Bell
Screenplay ByNick Amadeus, Josh Braun
Date Released (Theatrical)4/29/2021
Genre(s)Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Duration1 Hour 47 Minutes
RatingR
Noted Cast
JeffRupert Friend
MaggieMamie Gummer
PaulBrian Cox
JennyViolet McGraw

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Film Summary

For the last few years, Jeff has been unemployed and hasn’t produced anything in regards to his comic or the dolls attached. Because of this, everything, financially, falls on his with Maggie, who had to work for her father, Paul, to make ends meet. This, naturally, puts a strain on their relationship and poor Jenny finds herself eventually in the middle of it all as her parents end their marriage and fight for custody.

But, thanks to a series of events, Jeff finds himself temporarily getting the upper hand in the custody battle. However, whether it is fate, a higher power, and a demonic being? Well, that’s hard to say.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Blood, drinking, drug use, and cursing
  • Jump Scares/ Laughs/ Tear-Jerking Moments: None of the above

Review

Highlights

It Aims More So To Be Creepy Than Do Jump Scares

While you’ll see contortionist, weirdly-faced beings in the shadows, the film doesn’t necessarily try to do any notable jump scares to freak you out. Rather, it wants to push the vibe of Jenny and Jeff being watched by beings who may do them harm. Thus making their appearances more something you worry about than are scared of.

No Desire To Be Overly Complicated

In Separation, there is a mystery in regards to a tragic and fatal accident. However, the film doesn’t try to create this “Who did it?!” type of vibe and doesn’t really push you to become suspicious of anyone in particular. Instead, it seems like it wants to cover the basics of what you’d expect of a horror movie, especially one starring a child, and that’s it.

A Handful Of Moments Give You A Cathartic Release

Maggie and her dad aren’t made to be likable people. Don’t get us wrong, you understand why they don’t like Jeff. However, the effort they put into trying to take Jenny away makes it so that you almost want to cheer when bad things happen to them. Mainly due to it seeming like karma was at play.

On The Fence

Some Of The Special Effects Are Lackluster

Early on, we see someone die, and blood comes from their body, and something about the blood looks off. It’s almost like the finished product isn’t that polished because the scene wasn’t long enough to justify really putting extra details into a pool of blood forming around a body.

Overall

Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)

Separation hasn’t any desire to be the next SaW or even the best horror you’ve ever seen. It just wants to creep you out a bit, allow its actors to be seen and show their talent, and send you home. Which does push the feeling this more so seems of the caliber for a VoD release, but if you just want to get out of the house and see a movie, this is for you.

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Summary

Some Of The Special Effects Are Lackluster - 74%
A Handful Of Moments Give You A Cathartic Release - 82%
No Desire To Be Overly Complicated - 81%
It Aims More So To Be Creepy Than Do Jump Scares - 83%

80%

Separation does push the feeling this more so is a VoD release, but if you just want to get out of the house and see a movie, this is for you.

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